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4th October, 2018

Gallicoop opens packaging facility

Poultry processor Gallicoop opened a Ft 1.7 billion packaging facility in Szarvas, Bekes county on Wednesday.

The government paid half of the costs of the investment project, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said at the opening ceremony.

He said it is a strategic goal of the government to support development projects that produce high quality Hungarian food products for consumers.

The 2,200m2 building, where 55 workers will process turkeys, has up-to-date packaging and cooling equipment. (magyarhirlap.hu; magyaridok.hu)
4th October, 2018

Lapcom CEO leaves as changes loom

Andreas Merz, the CEO of publisher Lapcom, is leaving by mutual consent, and will be replaced by personnel and legal director Tibor Kovacs the company announced on Tuesday.

Lapcom, owned by government film commissioner Andy Vajna, is the publisher of the tabloid Bors, the highest circulation county daily Kisalfold in northwest Hungary and south Hungarian daily Delmagyarorszag.

Merz did not want to comment, but other sources said he has warned colleagues that “Lorinc Meszaros is coming,” 444 reports.

Merz managed to keep his position when Vajna acquired Lapkom last year.

It is expected that Meszaros will take control of Lapcom as part of an upcoming reorganisation of Fidesz-friendly media outlets.

According to reports, Meszaros is negotiating with Heinrich Pecina, who played a key role in closing Nepszabadsag, to purchase Media, publisher of three regional daily newspapers.

If these purchases go ahead, then Meszaros will control all regional dailies by the end of this year, 444 forecasts.

Nepszava reports that Vajna will probably lose all of his media holdings, and may also lose his casino licences. (444.hu; nepszava.hu; napi.hu; hvg.hu)
4th October, 2018

New Budapest flights announced

Budapest Airport has announced the new flights that begin with the winter timetable starting on October 28.

Georgian airline MyWay, a newcomer to Hungary, will operate three flights a week to Tbilisi with Boeing 737 aircraft.

EasyJet will offer new destinations London Southend and Manchester, both twice a week, while Polish airline LOT will fly to London City 14 times a week.

Wizz Air begins thrice weekly flights to Doncaster-Sheffield.

Among other new links, Wizz Air will also fly to Ovda, Israel and Ryanair begins flights to Amman, Jordan and Marseille, France.

Some airlines also announced new destinations for the summer timetable commencing on March 28. Ryanair will fly to Cork, Cagliari, Bari and Sevilla, and French airline Transavia to Nantes. (portfolio.hu; magyarhirlap.hu; nepszava.hu)
4th October, 2018

Wizz Air to close its travel agency

Low-cost airline Wizz Air will close down Wizz Tours, its travel agency, at the end of this year, travel news website Utazomajom has learned.

Wizz Tours arranges accommodation for flight ticket purchasers. This option will be available during ticket booking directly offered by Wizz Air in the future. (utazomajom.hu; napi.hu; portfolio.hu; magyarhirlap.hu; origo.hu)

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