Ryanair to open Budapest base after Malev closure

Ryanair is to base four brand new Boeing 737-800s at Budapest Airport from Friday 17 February where it will open 31 new routes with the aim of delivering up to 2 million passengers a year.

The move was announced after the announcement that Malev Hungarian Airlines was to cease operations. This largest ever investment in Hungarian aviation and tourism is subject to reaching final agreement with Budapest Airport on costs, facilities and handling.

Since Ryanair grounded up to 80 aircraft for the winter season, it has the capacity to respond immediately to the Malev grounding by moving aircraft, pilots and crews to Budapest within two weeks, enabling it to minimise the disruption to the Hungarian market.

Ryanair’s 31 new routes to/from the airport start in February with: Baden Baden, Barcelona, Brussels Charleroi, Dublin, Gothenburg, Hamburg Lubeck, Krakow, London Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Munich West, Milan Bergamo, Oslo, Paris, Rome Ciampino, Stockholm Skavsta and Thessaloniki.

In March services begin to Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, while in April flights will commence to Alicante, Chania, Eindhoven, Malaga, Palma, Paphos, Pisa, Rhodes, Trapani and Venice Treviso.

Finally, Ryanair will add flights to Warsaw Modlin airport in July.

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