Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced it is to introduce direct flights between Glasgow and the Hungarian capital of Budapest. It will also add flights to the Polish city of Lublin.
It will be the first time Budapest has been served as a destination from Glasgow Airport and Wizz Air will operate a year round, twice weekly service starting on 13 June 2015. The airline will operate a twice weekly service to Lublin in eastern Poland with flights starting on 16 September 2015.
Budapest, which is one of the largest cities in Central Europe, straddles the Danube River and is renowned for its architecture, rich history and culture. Wizz Air chose to add direct flights between the two cities following a poll carried out in the Hungarian media, with the majority of participants placing Glasgow at the top of their wish list.
Wizz Air first moved to Glasgow Airport in March 2013 and the addition of Budapest brings the total number of destinations it serves from Glasgow to six. It currently operates services to the Polish cities of Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice and Gdansk.
Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “This is fantastic news for the airport. We are continually working to expand our route network and not only will Wizz Air’s new routes further strengthen our connectivity with Europe’s major cities, it has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow.
“It is important for Glasgow to have regular, direct links with European markets. Budapest is one of Europe’s most popular city-break destinations and will be a big draw for leisure travellers.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Wizz Air’s new routes are a real boost for Glasgow. The fact that the people of Budapest voted for a Glasgow service strongly reflects the popularity of our city. It is a positive and welcome step from Wizz Air, which provides the perfect opportunity to strengthen cultural and business links between both cities and presents us with even greater scope to grow in-bound tourism.”
“Glasgow is constantly striving to improve its air links and connect the city to more European destinations and the wider global marketplace. We’re looking forward to working with Wizz Air to ensure the success of these routes.”
The next three months will see the launch of a further 13 new routes from Glasgow Airport including direct flights to Las Vegas, Munich, Prague and Bordeaux. On 30 May 2015, Canadian airline WestJet will launch daily, direct flights between Glasgow and Halifax, Nova Scotia.