As of the end of March, Shanghai Airlines will operate daily flights between Shanghai and Budapest, according to a press release received by AIRportal.hu from Budapest Airport. The airline will transition from the current three weekly flights to a daily schedule on the Shanghai-Budapest route, utilizing four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
This expansion represents a 35 per cent increase in capacity, taking into account the additional flights from Ningbo operated by the airline. With the daily flights, the airline’s parent company, China Eastern Airlines, aims to provide even better connectivity between Budapest and Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.
In addition to Shanghai Airlines’ developments, Air China plans to increase its flights between Beijing and Budapest from two to three per week during the summer season, as highlighted by Budapest Airport. The airport emphasizes that the capacity of two-way flights between Budapest and China will see a 51 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. Balázs Bogáts, Deputy CEO for Commerce at Budapest Airport, underscored that the current direct passenger flights from Budapest serve four destinations in China: Beijing, Chongqing, Ningbo, and Shanghai. The airport operator aims to expand this list by adding at least one more destination in southern China.
Budapest Airport is actively working to facilitate the growth of connections with the dynamically expanding economic region located in the delta of the Pearl River. Recognized as the world’s largest research and development centre for information technology and renewable energy sources, this region encompasses cities such as Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. Recent significant investments in Hungary have originated from this region, and direct connections are expected to further boost business and cultural ties, as well as tourism.
The operator of Liszt Ferenc Airport anticipates growth in Chinese routes and is in discussions with China Southern Airlines regarding the initiation of additional flights. The strategic aim is to enhance both economic and cultural relations, fostering mutual benefits for Hungary and China.
Sources: Hungarian Conservative/airportal.hu