Edinburgh-Budapest flight unveiled

Yorkshire-based airline, Jet2, is to begin operating a thrice-weekly service from Edinburgh Airport to the city of Budapest in Hungary.

The new route, which begins on 21 April 2011, is expected to cost around £29.99 for a one-way journey, taxes included, and stands as the only route to the Hungarian capital from Scotland.

Edinburgh is one of the most successful airports in the UK at present, adding 25 new routes in just eight months.

Additions by European airlines, such as Blue1, Spanair, Star1, and the comparatively local, Ryanair, have helped Edinburgh achieve a 1.6% increase in the number of people choosing to fly from the airport.

The Scottish hub now has more customers per annum than Birmingham and Glasgow airports, and almost twice as many per year as Liverpool John Lennon.

Kevin Brown, Edinburgh’s managing director, has stated that the airport wanted to connect with as many European capitals as possible.

The cities of Vilnius in Lithuania, and Helsinki in Finland, joined the airport’s schedules in February and September, respectively.

Other important destinations to appear on Edinburgh’s books include Barcelona in Spain, Marrakesh in Morocco, and Geneva in Switzerland. Kevin Brown noted that Budapest had been a “target for a long time.”

“The city is a leading destination and I’m sure it will prove extremely popular with Scottish travellers."

Jet2 will also boost the frequency of flights between Edinburgh and the Balearic island of Majorca, from just two at present, to five flights a week from summer 2011. The Majorcan route is priced at £35, one-way.

Philip Meeson, the airline’s chief, claimed to be “delighted” with the selection of Jet2 routes available from Edinburgh.

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