Budapest Airport welcomes 32 scheduled routes from Ryanair.

Friday 17th February 2012

Budapest Airport is delighted to welcome low-cost carrier Ryanair and its return to the Hungarian capital today.

Effective 17th February it will commence direct services to six of a total 32 European destinations - Barcelona, Stockholm, Madrid and Dublin plus two all-new routes, to London Stansted in the UK and Karlsruhe in Germany. The 26 additional routes will start operations within the coming weeks.

The introduction of the Budapest-London Stansted route will increase the choice of London airports served, as well as offer some highly attractive fares. Existing routes to Budapest from the UK currently served by other carriers operate from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton. Ryanair's new route to Karlsruhe in Germany will offer direct and convenient access to the beautiful Black Forest region and the famous spa-town of Baden-Baden.

Jost Lammers, Budapest Airport CEO said: "Welcoming Ryanair back to our airport was always on the agenda and whilst they initially announced five routes for commencement in March, this has now been increased to 32 in total. Operating from Terminal 2 and paying the same T2 charges as all airlines in Terminal 2, there is now more competition in this market, affording more convenience and choice for travellers. We look forward to Ryanair's long and continuous operations from our airport."

Ryanair previously served Budapest from 2005 to 2010 with flights to Bristol, East Midlands and Dublin. It was encouraged back as Budapest is a popular destination for leisure travellers, renowned for its traditional Hungarian culture and hospitality as well as its vibrant night-life and historic spas built around natural hot springs and thermal pools.

Lead in Ryanair fares start from £8.33/€9.99/HUF2,999 for a one way fare and are on sale at:

About Budapest Airport:

Budapest Airport Plc., the operator of Ferenc Liszt International Airport, is owned by a consortium of German (4%), Canadian (18.167%), American (10%) and Singaporean (18.167%) investors led by HOCHTIEF Concessions (49.666%). Currently, the two terminals of the airport are home to 32 airlines, which transported nearly 8.2 million passengers to more than 92 destinations in 40 countries in 2010.

Budapest Airport's goal is to become the leading airport in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of traffic growth and service quality. To this end, the company is undertaking significant investments in order to expand its capacities, and has committed to spending a total of 261 million euros (approximately 75 billion HUF) by the end of 2011 on developments. The most significant of these is the construction of the SkyCourt, a new terminal building linking Terminals 2A and 2B. The elegant, high-quality SkyCourt provides an unforgettable architectural and travel experience, as well as a rich selection of shops and restaurants. The new terminal makes traveling through the airport simpler and more convenient, and also expands throughput.

In 2011, Budapest Airport began a new project, the Cargo City development near Terminal 2, with 26 000 square meters of cargo storage areas and a logistics park due to be built in the first phase. Also in 2011, Budapest Airport commenced the planning and construction of a new engine test stand near the Lufthansa Technik hangar. The long-awaited environmental protection project will be accompanied by numerous other developments, whereby Budapest Airport is contributing to the implementation of a sustainable aeronautical model.

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