Budapest Airport to become united with US once again

Landmark deal to bring LOT Polish Airlines’ US services to Budapest effective next summer

Budapest Airport  to become united with US once again

In a major piece of network development Budapest Airport has announced the resumption of US services on 7 July, as LOT Polish Airlines confirms flights from the Hungarian gateway to New York (JFK) and Chicago O’Hare. Welcoming the arrival of regular 787-8 scheduled services, the first flight due to launch on 3 May 2018, with New York being flown four times weekly and the Chicago sector operated twice-weekly. The return of US services comes after American Airlines and Delta Air Lines left the Hungarian market in 2011.

“We are absolutely euphoric to announce LOT Polish Airlines’ latest development at Budapest, uniting us with not just one destination in the US, but with two,” enthuses Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. “For a fast-growing market like Budapest, this is an extremely significant expansion for us and one which LOT, Budapest Airport, the Hungarian and Polish governments, as well as the Hungarian Tourism Agency have worked in close cooperation to put into place. Worldwide connectivity is crucial in today’s global economy and these vital links will boost the demand for travel and ultimately maximise the competiveness of the Hungarian market.”

The market potential is close to 150,000 passengers between Budapest and New York last year making the Central Eastern European airport New York’s largest unserved market in Europe, and the fourth largest unserved destination in the world from the US city. After New York, Chicago is the number two sought after destination in US from Budapest with more than 42,000 market potential between the two cities in 2016.