Five airlines take routes as Malev stops flying

Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Wizz Air, SmartWings and Ryanair aim for Budapest

A number of airlines – most of them low-cost – have jumped in to take routes after Hungary’s flag-carrier Malev stopped operations on Friday. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair says it will now base four aircraft in the Hungarian capital and fly 31 routes from there, mostly from April, up from five it had already announced in January. It aims to carry up to 2 million passengers a year from Budapest. The Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air – Central Europe’s biggest airline – is to increase its Budapest-based fleet to five aircraft from three. It has also offered to sell 50,000 tickets for the local equivalent of $45 to Malev ticket holders for winter-season flights.
Lufthansa, meanwhile, is adding one daily flight between Budapest to both Hamburg and Berlin from today. Air Berlin is also adding a Berlin-Budapest flight. And in April the Czech low-cost carrier SmartWings will start Budapest-Tel Aviv, plus, in May, routes between the Hungarian capital and Paris and a number of other destinations in Europe.
[photo courtesy Malev]