Flights between London’s most central airport and Hungary’s capital city commenced for the very first time on 18th February, offering speed and convenience that will benefit travellers in both directions.
Last night (Monday 25th March), Iain Lindsay OBE, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Hungary, hosted guests at his official Budapest residence for a networking event to celebrate the connection, raising its profile with key groups who will benefit from the new route.
The new route begins at a time when demand to fly between UK and Hungary has never been higher. There are 24% more passengers travelling between the UK and Hungary compared to 2014, reflecting increased human and economic links, with rapid growth on the London-Budapest route.
Joining the British Ambassador, London City Airport, LOT Polish Airlines, and Budapest Airport, were representatives from business and travel industry, as well as the Polish Embassy. Attendees included the Hungarian Tourism Agency and Hungarian Tourism Association, alongside travel agencies such as BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Agency and American Express.
Iain Lindsay OBE, British Ambassador to Hungary, said:
“I warmly welcome LOT’s new flights, which contribute to bringing London and Budapest even closer. Landing less than 10 kilometres (6 miles) from London’s financial and business centres, as well as its world-famous tourist sights and attractions, LOT’s 12 new flights per week enable business visitors and tourists alike to reach London without a long commute or an overnight stay, further strengthening our hugely important economic and social ties.”
Robert Sinclair, CEO, London City Airport, said:
“The new Budapest-London City link is great for the UK and for Hungary, to ensure we maintain a close working partnership now and in the future.
“We are here in Budapest, kindly hosted by the British Ambassador, to raise awareness of the new London City Airport route and convey to Budapest’s business community and tourism bodies, the factors of speed and convenience that really differentiate our airport.”
Rafal Milczarski, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines, said:
“This step will certainly result with enhancement of business and trade ties between Hungary and UK. After flights to Kraków, New York and Chicago launched last year we are very proud to fast-track our development in London City, giving Hungarian passengers an access to the very heart of London.
“There is a great potential in high passengers demand – as many as 1.4 million people travel between the two capitals each year. I am certain that passengers will appreciate the new connections thanks to the elevated quality of service on board brand new LOT’s E190 jets. But that’s not all – starting from 2nd September we will fly to Brussels and Bucharest directly from Budapest commencing to development of LOT’s second transfer hub in Europe.”
In order to operate the new Budapest route, the airline invested in four Embraer 190 aircraft, compatible with London City Airport. These will also be utilised to operate a new London City-Vilnius starting on 1st May. LOT’s arrival at London City, announced in June 2018, represents a significant investment by Poland’s national carrier on the eve of the UK’s planned exit from the EU.
In December, a similar business reception was staged in Warsaw with Jonathan Knott, British Ambassador to Poland.