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Air China returns to Budapest with Beijing flight

Air China returns to Budapest with Beijing flight
Air China returns to Budapest with Beijing flight
Written by Harry Johnson

The Chinese flag carrier will once again operate a weekly direct connection between Hungary’s capital city and Beijing

Experiencing its highest monthly traffic in 2022 with a growth rate of 10.3% in June, Budapest Airport continues its route network enhancement welcoming the return of its latest airline partner, Air China.

The Chinese flag carrier will once again operate a weekly direct connection between Hungary’s capital city and Beijing, using 237-seat A330-200s on the 7,326-kilometer sector.

Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport says: “More than seven years ago, Air China was the first airline for some years to link us to East Asia. While restrictions remain for entry into China, the return of this link will provide vital opportunity for VFR passengers to return home after a two-year hiatus, as well as serving business passengers.”

“We’re also pleased to confirm that, while this service was previously a triangle route with a return stop in Minsk, the operation will now be direct between Budapest and Beijing ensuring smooth connectivity between the two cities,” Bogáts adds.

As a significant triumph for the Hungarian gateway, Budapest is among the first connections included in the Chinese carrier’s regrowth within Europe, becoming the 11th direct European route resumed from the airline’s Beijing base.

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Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (IATA: BUD), formerly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport and still commonly called just Ferihegy, is the international airport serving the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. It is by far the largest of the country’s four commercial airports, ahead of Debrecen and Héviz–Balaton.

The airport is located 16 kilometers (9.9 mi) southeast of the center of Budapest (bordering Pest County) and was renamed in 2011 in honor of the most famous Hungarian composer Franz Liszt on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

It offers international connections primarily within Europe, but also to Africa, to the Middle East, to North America and to the Far East. In 2019, the airport handled 16.2 million passengers. The airport is the headquarters and primary hub for Wizz Air and base for Ryanair. 

Air China Limited (中国国际航空公司) is the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China and one of the “Big Three” mainland Chinese airlines (alongside China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines).

Air China’s headquarters are in Shunyi District, Beijing. Air China’s flight operations are based primarily at Beijing Capital International Airport.

In 2017, the airline carried 102 million domestic and international passengers with an average load factor of 81%.

The airline joined Star Alliance in 2007.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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