makes it a hat-trick with third route announced from Budapest Airport to Leeds Bradford, UK

Wednesday 14th December 2011

Budapest Airport has today announced the launch of a third route from UK-based

The new twice weekly flights from Budapest Airport to Leeds, Bradford in the UK are due to begin on 29th March 2012 and will depart on Thursdays and Sundays from the Hungarian capital. The service from Budapest Airport will run in addition to the existing regular flights to Edinburgh, and the daily schedule operating between Budapest and Manchester. The route, which will operate year round, has been launched following demand from the airline's customers and follows the on-going success of the existing routes.

The Budapest to Leeds schedule is:

Thursday Depart Budapest 13.05 Arrive Leeds Bradford 15.05 Depart Leeds Bradford 08.30 Arrive Budapest 12.30

Sunday Depart Budapest 20.05 Arrive Leeds Bradford 22.05 Depart Leeds Bradford 15.30 Arrive Budapest 19.30

Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest airport commented: "We are delighted that has increased its capacity to the UK with the addition of the Leeds route. It will offer passengers easy access to the UK's largest county, Yorkshire, and its major cities including the dynamic city of Leeds, the historic town of York, and the spa town of Harrogate. Leeds is also the largest media, financial and legal sector outside of London so the new route will also offer business travellers increased choice in terms of their arrival point into the UK. We are confident the route will perform well"

Gergely Horváth, CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Plc. commented, "We know that Budapest is a very popular city break for the UK population and this new route will give the people of Yorkshire, and its surrounding regions, the opportunity to easily reach Budapest. We look forward to welcoming them on city breaks so they can explore our history, view the stunning architecture, experience our extensive spa culture and enjoy the wide variety of arts; not to mention the growing selection of excellent restaurants, bars and coffee shops."

Steve Heapy, Chief Commercial Officer of and Managing Director of Jet2holidays, said: "We are pleased to be able to offer the people of Budapest another UK destination direct from their local airport. Based on the experience of our existing Budapest flights we anticipate that the route will be popular with tourists seeking to explore all that Yorkshire has to offer."

Fares, which are now on sale, start from only 49.49€ one way including taxes. Whilst the aircraft, a Boeing 737 offers an all economy cabin with up to 148 seats, there is the option to buy extra leg room on eight of the seats. Seats are allocated and the airline also offers a generous luggage allowance of 22kg.

About Budapest Airport:

Budapest Airport Zrt. operates Budapest Airport. This is privately owned with German company HOCHTIEF AirPort, one of the world's biggest independent airport managers holding a 49.67% stake, together with a further four financial investors: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal holding a 18.17% stake; Malton Investment Pte Ltd. holding a 18.17% stake; Aero Investment S.á.r.l. holding a 10% stake and KfW IPEX-Bank, Frankfurt holding a 4% stake.

Through its BUD Future project Budapest Airport aims to be the aviation hub of the CEE region. Leading projects include:

bud:skycourt - a new centrally located building which formally opened on 27 March 2011, and links the existing terminals 2a and 2b. The contemporary glass structure offers an impressive view of the apron and aims to provide passengers with a unique travel experience.

Cargo City - New on-airport cargo facilities will feature cargo and logistics terminals designed for airlines, handlers and integrators.

Budapest Airport incorporates two terminals. Terminal 1 is a dedicated low cost carrier terminal and Terminal 2 services the traditional carriers. The airport is also the base for Malév, Hungary's national airline and part of the One World alliance and is home to a further 33 airlines, serving over 96 destinations which represents 40 countries worldwide.

About has eight Northern bases, serving: 41 sun, ski and city destinations from Leeds Bradford; 36 from Manchester; 27 from Newcastle; 14 from East Midlands, 13 from Belfast International; 16 from Edinburgh, 8 from Blackpool and 16 from Glasgow. has scooped a number of other prestigious awards including: Scottish Passenger Agents' Association (SPAA) Awards 2011 - Best Low-Cost Airline, Telegraph Travel Awards 2011 - Runner Up Best Short Haul Airline, 2010 British Travel Awards for Best Trade Booking Website (Flights) - Bronze Award. 2009 Passenger Airline of the Year; 2009 Best Travel Internet Booking System, 2009 Best Passenger Airline, 2008 Best UK Short-Haul Airline; 2006 & 2007 'Best European Short-Haul Airline'; the world's most punctual airline into Amsterdam Schiphol; the 2005 'Best Online Booking Service' of any UK airline; and the favourite British low cost airline from both Holiday Which? and Wanderlust magazines. Jet2holidays - 2011 British Travel Awards - Best Tour Operator to the Iberian Peninsula & Canary Islands, Scottish Passenger Agents' Association (SPAA) Awards 2011 - Best Mainstream Tour Operator, 2010 British Travel Awards - Best Tour Operator to the Iberian Peninsula & Canary Islands - Bronze Award. is a subsidiary of Dart Group plc, the aviation services and distribution group, which has 30 years' commercial aviation experience.

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