Budapest Airport will welcome a second route next year by French low-cost carrier Transavia France from Nantes adding to the route from Paris Orly the airline already operates.
Launching 7 April 2019, the Air France-KLM subsidiary will commence a twice-weekly summer seasonal service from France’s sixth biggest city, with flights expected to be flown on the carrier’s fleet of 189-seat 737-800s.
Transavia France’s announcement of launching non-stop services to Nantes means that for next summer, Budapest will offer direct flights to at least seven destinations in France, with Nantes joining existing services to Paris’ Beauvais, CDG and Orly airports, plus Bordeaux, Lyon and Nice.
The market will also receive a further boost this coming winter season as Ryanair begins a twice-weekly service to Marseille. The result of Transavia France’s investment means it will increase seat capacity from Budapest next summer by 50 per cent.
Budapest Airport head of airline development, Balázs Bogáts said: “It is great that Transavia France is showing further commitment to the Budapest market by launching flights from Nantes next year.”
France is the fifth largest country market from Budapest, with over 693,000 passengers travelling directly between the Hungarian capital and the Western European country last year.
Results for the first half of this year show that it is also a market showing strong growth, with passenger number between January and June 2018 up 5.2 per cent versus the same period of 2017. The airline’s Dutch unit – Transavia – also serves Budapest, offering flights from Eindhoven.