Budapest Airport is the best start up ever for Ryanair.

Monday 23rd April 2012

Speaking in the Hungarian capital recently Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair described the re-launch of Ryanair's services from Budapest Airport as: "Probably the most successful start-up ever for Ryanair."

Since Ryanair's return to Budapest on 17 February, the airline has positioned five aircraft at the airport and launched a total of 30 new routes to destinations across Europe, including Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Eindhoven, Malaga, Paphos, Pisa, Venice and Tampere.

On 14 May a four times weekly service (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) will operate to Dusseldorf-Weeze Germany and a three times weekly service (Wed, Fri, Sun) to Billund in Denmark will commence on 16 May.

According to Michael O'Leary, the load factor in March, Ryanair's first full month of operation, was in the high 70 per cent range and with strong ticket sales, the April load factor should be around 82-3 per cent for all five Budapest-based aircraft.

In the first six weeks, the airline flew more than 100,000 passengers through Budapest and more than 200,000 passengers have already made bookings to fly with Ryanair to/from Budapest.

"Despite setting up the base in record time, we are delighted with the success of Ryanair's return to Budapest," said Kam Jandu, Director of Aviation for Budapest Airport. "Furthermore, I'm happy to confirm that we are now in talks on how to consolidate Ryanair's position at Budapest Airport as one of our main airline partners."

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.

Budapest Airport aims to be best airport in the Central and Eastern European region and have been recognised for their development projects, customer services approach and marketing activities.

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