Displaying items by tag: Hungary http://ttgbalkans.com Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:04:47 +0000 en-gb Wizz Air increases number of reserved seats on flights http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/946-wizz-air-increases-number-of-reserved-seats-on-flights.html http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/946-wizz-air-increases-number-of-reserved-seats-on-flights.html Wizz Air increases number of reserved seats on flights

Low-cost carrier for Central and Eastern Europe, Wizz Air, has announced that it has increased in the number of reserved seats on all of its services.

The Reserved Seat option, having increased by 33 per cent to 16 seats in the first three rows of each aircraft, is a popular product for passengers wishing to make the most of their travel experience. Passengers opting for a reserved seat are the first to board and disembark any Wizz Air aircraft.

Commenting on the news was corporate communications, Wizz Air, Daniel de Carvalho: "Reserved Seats are one of our most popular products for all those that wish to board and disembark without hassle. Now we are including the third row on all our aircraft to be part of this service in order to let more passengers enjoy the benefits of having a seat of their choice and the ability to board and disembark more quickly.

"With an average of 7,000 flights per month this means 112,000 reserved seats are now available for booking," he further explained.

Wizz Air currently has 17 operating bases which include: Gdansk, Poznan, Katowice, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland; Budapest in Hungary; Sofia in Bulgaria; Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca Tirgu Mures and Timisoara in Romania; Vilnius in Lithuania, Donetsk and Kyiv in Ukraine; Belgrade in Serbia; Prague in Czech Republic; and Skopje in Macedonia offering flights on over 300 routes.

ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) International Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:54:07 +0000
Wizz Air launches Wizz Tours in English http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/891-wizz-air-launches-wizz-tours-in-english.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/891-wizz-air-launches-wizz-tours-in-english.html Wizz Air launches Wizz Tours in English

Wizz Tours, the online travel platform launched by Wizz Air has opened its English language website for bookings of package holidays.

Wizz Tours was initially launched in Polish and Hungarian in October 2013 and is now available in English with the aim of bringing greater convenience and savings to holidaymakers.

Wizz Tours compares Wizz Air's fares to many international destinations with accommodation in over 30,000 hotels and resorts to offer great value holiday packages. Wizz Tours aims to be a fully online holiday package booking platform. Wizz Tours' online business model reduces costs for consumers and the model has seen success through Wizz Air's budget-conscious fares which equally utilise the internet as its distribution channel.

Popular in the pilot countries of Poland and Hungary, in the first month of launch, the site registered over 250,000 visitors making queries for business trips, city breaks, summer sun and ski destinations. Following the launch of the English website, the popularity of Wizz Tours is expected to grow further.

Corporate communications manager, Wizz Air, Daniel de Carvalho commented: "It's been just over one month since we launched our online travel platform for our consumers from Poland and Hungary. Today we are pleased to make Wizz Tours available in English.

"Wizz Tours is a great way to enjoy Wizz Air's low fares as part of a holiday package, giving consumers more convenience with a one-stop shop for flights and accommodation. The Holiday season is approaching which is a good opportunity to try out our English Wizz Tours platform and its great offers by booking a city break, ski week or even your next summer holiday with your loved ones," de Carvalho concluded.

pmarkides@ttgmena.com (Panayiotis Markides) Transport Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:46:37 +0000
First Sólyom Hungarian Airways lands in Budapest http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/821-first-sólyom-hungarian-airways-lands-in-budapest.html http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/821-first-sólyom-hungarian-airways-lands-in-budapest.html First Sólyom Hungarian Airways lands in Budapest

Budapest Airport has welcomed the first aircraft of Sólyom Hungarian Airways – a Boeing B 737-500 type aircraft with code HA-SHA.

The aircraft first saluted its new home airbase with a low-level flypast, and then landed at Runway 31L of the airport.

It was greeted on the apron by hundreds of invited VIPs, authority representatives, airport employees, journalists, photographers and plane spotters, as well as the airport fire-fighters with the traditional water-cannon salute. In addition, there were hundreds of people around the airport waiting for its arrival outside the fence of the airport.

After the engines stopped, Captain, Ernő Varga and First Officer, József Schlotter have reported the successful first mission of the Sólyom aircraft to CEO, Sólyom Hungarian Airways, József Várgó.

After the reception ceremony, invited guest and the media could visit the deck and the cabin of the aircraft.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) International Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:15:52 +0000
Liszt Ferenc International Airport to welcome Wizz Air Moscow service http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/773-liszt-ferenc-international-airport-to-welcome-wizz-air-moscow-service.html http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/773-liszt-ferenc-international-airport-to-welcome-wizz-air-moscow-service.html Liszt Ferenc International Airport to welcome Wizz Air Moscow service

Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, Hungary, reports that it is set to offer a new destination as the Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air prepares to launch a service to Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, with flights commencing on September 23, 2013.

This new service is expected to provide a wider choice to passengers and access to a series of domestic Russian and Central Asian destinations.

The service, scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, will operate at 11:05 (local time) from Budapest and will arrive in Moscow at 15:30. This makes late, same-day negotiations possible for corporate travellers to Moscow. The return flight will leave Moscow at 16:05 and will arrive in Budapest at 16:40 (local time).

"We are sure that there is huge demand for the new Moscow service of Wizz Air and we wish every success on this market to our partner airline," declared head of airline business development, Budapest Airport, Patrick Bohl.

"The new destination of Wizz Air and the new airport in Moscow offers a very good travel opportunity and at very competitive prices," he added.

Moscow Vnukovo International Airport is based 28km south-west of Moscow's city centre.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) International Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:42:19 +0000
Croatia and Hungary explore tourism cooperation possibilities http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/589-croatia-and-hungary-explore-tourism-cooperation-possibilities.html http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/589-croatia-and-hungary-explore-tourism-cooperation-possibilities.html Croatia and Hungary explore tourism cooperation possibilities

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Croatia, Darko Lorencin has recently met with the Hungarian Ambassador to Croatia, Ivan Gabor, to discuss possibilities for tourism cooperation between the two countries and the potential for investments in the Croatian tourism sector, in addition to preparations for the country's accession to the European Union.

Gabor pointed out Croatia's excellent transport connections with Hungary is one of the reasons for which large numbers of Hungarian tourists choose Croatia as their holiday destination. He expressed a wish that more Croatian citizens would spend their holidays in Hungary, which is developing its health and wine tourism, but he added that he is aware that they must strengthen tourism promotion efforts.

Lorencin said that Croatia is changing its strategic approach to tourism, mentioning the recently adopted tourism strategy which altered the country's marketing and destination management approach.

They touched upon Hungary's experience in withdrawing funds from the EU, as well as investment possibilities in Croatia, and Lorencin used the opportunity to invite Hungarian investors to explore the opportunities on offer.

Gabor additionally praised the Croatian Ministry of Interior's project 'Safe Tourist Season', through which the Ministry of Tourism is co-sponsoring the accommodation expenses of fifty foreign police officers who are invited to stay in the Republic of Croatia and contribute to the security of foreign and domestic tourists during the course of the tourist season. This year, policemen from Hungary will also be hosted. Lorencin added that the sense of security, combined with the natural beauty of Croatia, is one of the key reasons for choosing it as a holiday destination.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Tourism Boards Mon, 27 May 2013 12:07:41 +0000
Hungarian and Turkish practices recognised for dental tourism services http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/582-hungarian-and-turkish-practices-recognised-for-dental-tourism-services.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/582-hungarian-and-turkish-practices-recognised-for-dental-tourism-services.html Hungarian and Turkish practices recognised for dental tourism services

Hungarian dental clinic Cosmo Dent in the BAH-Center in Budapest has celebrated successful Temos Certification for their Quality in International Dental Care, while Mecidiyeköy Hospitadent in Istanbul, Turkey, was welcomed by Temos International to the certified network of dental facilities worldwide.

The clinic in Budapest, which has six dental chairs, 12 dentists and eight nurses, welcomes a high number of patients from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Hungary. The dental clinic is familiar with the needs of international patients coming from abroad. All pre-treatment and aftercare services are performed by CosmoDent or external partners in the different countries. In cooperation with FirstMed Service, a German based facilitator company, the clinic can also organise travel and non-medical services for patients.

Mecidiyeköy Hospitadent opened in 2012, and operates 21 units and one operating room, oral diagnosis, dental radiology units, panoramic and cephalometric X-ray, RVG, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontology, endodontic, implantology, prosthesis, surgery, laser applications and general anesthesia. Special services like bad breath (Halitosis) treatment and dental acupuncture are also offered, and guests can be served 24/7.

Up to 18 specialists are available at the hospital to take care of patients mainly coming from Germany, Netherlands, and Turkey but also from other countries like Russia or Scandinavia.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) Leisure Fri, 24 May 2013 13:03:26 +0000
Routes Europe is handed over to Marseille for 2014 http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/548-routes-europe-is-handed-over-to-marseille-for-2014.html http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/548-routes-europe-is-handed-over-to-marseille-for-2014.html Routes Europe is handed over to Marseille for 2014

Routes Europe, which was recently held in Budapest, has been officially handed over to Marseille-Provence Airport, the host of the 2014 event.

This year's event was attended by 1,100 delegates and is said to be the largest route development event ever.

Speaking at the 8th Routes Europe event which took place on May 12-14, 2013 in Budapest, managing director, Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), Pierre Régis stated: "Marseille-Provence Airport is proud and honoured to host the Routes Europe event in 2014, and to share all of the new opportunities that are being unveiled at this very moment, as the new Marseille is also this year's European Capital of Culture."

"After this year's successful event in Budapest we are eagerly awaiting next year's Routes Europe in Marseille," said executive vice president, Routes, David Stroud. "France is one of the biggest aviation markets in Europe and is the most popular leisure destination in the world. Moreover, the airport has been doing excellent work to accommodate both full service and low cost carriers. These factors lead us to believe we can increase airline and airport attendance even beyond this year's figures."

Marseille-Provence Airport in South East France on the Mediterranean is ideally located at the intersection of air, rail and road networks. In 2012, it is claimed that the airport registered the strongest growth among major French airports, and came in fourth out of the 80 biggest airports in Europe, according to ACI statistics. In 2013 MRS is expected to be connected to 30 countries, with 28 scheduled carriers flying into 100 different airports. New services scheduled to begin in 2013 include Turkish Airlines and services to New York.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) International Wed, 15 May 2013 13:23:09 +0000
Routes Europe launches in Budapest http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/543-routes-europe-launches-in-budapest.html http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/543-routes-europe-launches-in-budapest.html Routes Europe launches in Budapest

With almost 1,100 aviation industry decision makers having gathered in Budapest for the launch of the eighth Routes Europe, the event is said to be the largest regional route development event to take place.

Event organisers claim that delegates, representing 115 airlines, 350 airports and 50 tourism authorities, are set to take part in over 4,000 face-to-face meetings.

The event, which is attended by representatives from almost 70 countries, is hosted by Budapest Airport, supported by Hungarian Tourism, at the SYMA Conference Venue.

Speaking at the opening press conference in Budapest, executive vice president, Routes at UBM Live, David Stroud said: "With a 60 per cent plus growth in airline delegate numbers since last year's event in Tallinn, Routes Europe 2013 is set to become a milestone for the development of the region's air services. Despite all the difficulties Budapest Airport faced after the demise of the national carrier, they are one of the leading lights in Europe. I am sure that all the delegates will become ambassadors for this fantastic city and its airport."

CEO, Budapest Airport, Jost Lammers was optimistic about the airport's future: "Last year was extremely difficult with the collapse of our national carrier, but it was an amazing achievement to carry 8.5 million passengers here last year, a mere 5 per cent drop."

Lammers, who expects passenger numbers to be flat this year, went on to announce an innovative incentive scheme for thin routes. The incentives will be available to airlines which routes that are not yet served from Budapest with a frequency of two to four flights a week.

It was announced that Bulgaria Air, the national carrier of the Republic of Bulgaria, will commence new direct scheduled services between Sofia and Budapest from June. The new flights will operate four times weekly.

Following the opening press conference, CEO, SkyWork, Tomislav Lang briefed the media on the recent management buy-out at the Bern-based airline. Following its recent restructuring, the airline is now looking to break even next year. Lang explained that the SkyWork signed an interlining agreement with KLM, and that it plans to announce a second base this summer, indicating that this base is likely to be in Germany.

Topics in European aviation were discussed at the Routes Europe Strategy Summit. More than a dozen high-profile speakers, including CEO, Wizz Air, József Váradi and Minister of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, Cyprus, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, discussed issues from Europe and beyond, shedding light on the 'Big Freeze' concerning EU ETS, life after legacy carriers and on the question whether we will see fewer airlines in Europe any time soon.

Next year, Routes Europe will take place in Marseille, France. Already this year, Routes Europe has attracted more French airports than any other route development event.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) International Tue, 14 May 2013 08:14:43 +0000
Budapest Airport strengthens connections to the Netherlands http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/541-budapest-airport-strengthens-connections-to-the-netherlands.html http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/541-budapest-airport-strengthens-connections-to-the-netherlands.html Budapest Airport strengthens connections to the Netherlands

Budapest Airport recently reported that it offers travellers a new destination, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as the Dutch airline Transavia transferred its Budapest flights from Amsterdam to this port city, which also serves The Hague – the seat of the Dutch government.

Transavia is set to operate the route four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with a 149-seat Boeing 737-700 or a 186-seat 737-800, depending on demand.

In parallel, KLM, the parent company of Transavia, had increased the number of its flights to Amsterdam to four a day.

This is the first time that a direct service is available between Budapest and Rotterdam, taking the number of Dutch cities accessible for travellers from Hungary to three, along with Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Another advantage of the new flight is that Rotterdam is one of Transavia's largest bases, offering numerous connections.

"Our new flight between Budapest and Amsterdam was launched precisely a year ago and has performed well above our expectations," said manager, direct sales, Transavia, Ivo Steffens during the flight launch event in Rotterdam.

"KLM increased the frequency of its flights to Amsterdam and we wanted to offer a new destination for Hungarian and Dutch travellers. I can already say that the new flight is very successful; bookings are looking promising, even though the summer season has only just started," he added.

"We are delighted that Transavia has discovered new opportunities in the Hungarian market; this is another indication that the Netherlands and the region of Budapest are attractive destinations for Hungarian and Dutch tourists and business travellers," said aviation director, Budapest Airport, Kam Jandu.

"Last year, nearly 600,000 passengers travelled between Hungary and the Netherlands by air. It is therefore important to provide greater choice for these passengers, because this is how we can remain competitive," he added.

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and has the largest port in Europe. In addition to being a shipping hub, it is also an important rail, road and air distribution point, often referred to as the 'Gateway to Europe'.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) International Mon, 13 May 2013 10:53:33 +0000
Corinthia Hotel Budapest marks a decade since its reopening http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/533-corinthia-hotel-budapest-marks-a-decade-since-its-reopening.html http://ttgbalkans.com/international/item/533-corinthia-hotel-budapest-marks-a-decade-since-its-reopening.html Corinthia Hotel Budapest marks a decade since its reopening

Corinthia Hotels marked the 10th anniversary since the reopening of its Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary with a gala dinner hosted by chairman, Corinthia Group, Alfred Pisani in the hotel's ballroom.

Guests of honour were the deputy mayor, Municipality of Budapest, Balázs Szeneczey, and Minister for tourism, Republic of Malta, Karmenu Vella.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the hotel also inaugurated a permanent exhibition in the hotel's grand lobby, featuring key elements from the hotel's 113-year-old history.

Welcoming his guests, Pisani stated: "I speak with a sense of awe at the history of this wonderful property. It is a landmark with deep roots in this city and I am pleased that Corinthia managed to breathe a soul back into it."

The hotel originally opened as the 'Grand Hotel Royal' in 1896 to commemorate the Hungarian Millennium. The building has had a chequered history, culminating in a renovation and restoration project conducted by Corinthia Hotels ten years ago.

Launching the exhibition, hotel general manager, Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Thomas M. Fischer said: "This exhibition is a suitable memorial to the unique building's multi-faceted history. It offers an interesting insight not only for our hotel guests, but for all the people of Budapest, who continue to be inspired by this grand building and who are undoubtedly pleased that it has been restored to its former glory by Corinthia."

The permanent exhibition was compiled by the Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism, partly through its own resources, as also from documents and artefacts donated by former and current employees of the hotel, which are now available for viewing by the hotel's guests and the general public.

amladenovic@ttgmena.com (Ana Mladenovic) International Fri, 10 May 2013 13:46:23 +0000