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28th March, 2019

Ryanair announces six new flights

Discount airline Ryanair will launch flights to six new destinations from Budapest in the 2019 winter timetable, regional director Denis Barabas announced on Tuesday.

Ryanair will fly to Luxembourg, Gothenburg, Tel Aviv, the Finnish city of Lappeenranta and Poznan in Poland two or three times a week from October.

The airline will raise the number of aircraft based in Budapest to six from the summer, which will remain unchanged during the winter timetable.

Ryanair expects its passenger traffic to rise by 24% to 3.2 million with the launch of the new flights. The airline has 18% of the Budapest market, with Hungarian low-fare airline Wizz Air ranked first.

Earlier Ryanair announced nine new routes from Budapest starting in October, which include flights to Bariba, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Cork, Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Thessaloniki and Toulouse.

Ryanair does not rule out the launch of new flights from Hungary’s other two international airports, Debrecen and Sármellék.

Ryanair cannot now use its five Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft, but it can operate its network with spare planes, Barabas added.

Boeing 737s have been grounded worldwide, due to safety concerns.

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