Budapest Airport ended last year with the confirmation that Belfast, a previously unserved destination, would be added to the gateway’s route map for the summer season. Celebrating the commencement of the twice-weekly service today, Ryanair will connect the Hungarian capital city to Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city for the first time.
Balázs Bogáts, Airline Development Director, Budapest Airport, comments: “It’s fantastic that Ryanair is filling another of our white spots this year. The carrier’s latest addition of a link to Belfast joins its established services to Dublin and Shannon, seeing us offer a total of 341 flights to Ireland this summer. Building on its overall operations will see Ryanair offer close to 7,400 flights throughout S23 from Budapest.”
Ryanair DAC is an Irish ultra low-cost carrier founded in 1984. It is headquartered in Swords, Dublin, Ireland and has its primary operational bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports. It forms the largest part of the Ryanair Holdings family of airlines and has Ryanair UK, Buzz, Lauda Europe, and Malta Air as sister airlines. It is Ireland’s biggest airline and in 2016 became Europe’s largest budget airline by scheduled passengers flown, carrying more international passengers than any other airline.
Ryanair Group operates more than 400 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with a single 737-700 used as a charter aircraft, as a backup, and for pilot training. The airline has been characterized by its rapid expansion, a result of the deregulation of the aviation industry in Europe in 1997 and the success of its low-cost business model. Ryanair’s route network serves 40 countries in Europe, North Africa (Morocco), and the Middle East (Israel and Jordan).