easyJet’s new flight to Venice has arrived, taking the number of new destinations offered by the largest British low-cost carrier this year to two, after it added Lyon in spring. Another new flight, to Amsterdam, is on the horizon from February 2017.
Budget airline easyJet is rapidly expanding its operations in Budapest, with Lyon, Venice and Amsterdam increasing its destinations from five to eight. The company is thus targeting important markets that it believes have been missing or underserved, meaning that in many cases passengers were only able to travel by transfer.
William Vet, commercial manager for easyJet, believes the Hungarian market is full of opportunities, which is why the airline has achieved remarkable growth in 2016. “With these three latest routes, easyJet is now offering a portfolio of eight destinations mixing leisure and business routes, for an affordable price,” Vet said.
“We are happy to celebrate our inaugural flight to Venice with Budapest Airport and our customers.”
The other five destinations are London Gatwick, Berlin, Paris, Geneva and Basel. The Lyon route is considered significant because the central region of France had been a white spot on Budapest Airport’s route map for a long time.
Lyon and its surroundings have rich historic and cultural appeal for visitors, and the city is an important financial centre. The extensive ski slopes of the French Alps will now be accessible through Lyon during the winter.
Venice is also a popular destination, with easyJet set to operate three flights a week from Marco Polo International Airport to Budapest all year round, which means the city will not only be available during the carnival season and in the summer but constantly, offering convenient access for Hungarian passengers to the cruise ships using the port of Venice.
Balázs Bogáts, head of airline development for Budapest Airport, said the Amsterdam flight due to be launched on February 6 could prove very popular, with easyJet set to fly the route three times a week.
Bogáts said the British carrier is thus further strengthening its position in Budapest but it is already one of the largest service providers in the Hungarian market based on passenger traffic.