’s first Leeds Bradford UK service arrives in Budapest.

Friday 30th March 2012

Budapest Airport yesterday welcomed the first flight of's newly inaugurated service from Leeds Bradford, UK to Hungary's capital city.

The flight, which landed ahead of schedule, carried a virtually full load with 142 passengers arriving on board the Boeing 737. They were welcomed by representatives from the airport who presented the Jet2 crew with a traditional Hungarian marzipan cake. Departing passengers leaving on the first 13.05 flight to Leeds, Bradford enjoyed a celebratory check-in as the airport had decorated the area with colourful balloon columns to mark the occasion.

The new twice weekly flights from Budapest Airport to Leeds, Bradford will depart on Thursdays and Sundays. This is the third route operates from the airport and joins 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 15.30 Arrive Leeds Bradford 1930

Depart Leeds Bradford 20.05 Arrive Budapest 22.05

Kam Jandu, Director Aviation of Budapest airport commented: "We were delighted to welcome the first flight from Leeds Bradford to Budapest Airport. The flights ensure inbound passengers to Budapest can enjoy long weekends, whilst outbound passengers can visit the UK's largest county, Yorkshire, through convenient and regular services. As Leeds is also the largest media, financial and legal sector outside of London, business travellers have a much increased choice in terms of their arrival point into the UK. We look forward to supporting this much demanded route."

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 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, and to select allocated seat numbers on ticket purchase. The airline also offers a generous luggage allowance of 22kg. Fare details can be found at

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.

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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