By Andy Sambidge
Dubai-based airline says new service will coincide with opening of customer contact centre in Hungarian city
Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch services to Hungary from October with a daily flight to Budapest.
Emirates Airline said it will offer 278 seats per day on the Dubai-Budapest route, operating a wide-body A330-200 aircraft in a two class configuration from October 27.
Emirates Airline’s new Budapest route coincides with the opening of the airline’s customer contact centre in the city.
Together, the new Emirates Airline office and customer contact centre will support 300 local jobs, resulting in a multi-million dollar investment in the local economy, the airline said in a statement.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline said: "Connectivity and mobility are crucial in today’s global economy, and our service to Budapest will open up a world of opportunity for people in Hungary.
"It will introduce faster connections for our customers - both passengers and exporters – through our Dubai hub to numerous points that are currently underserved, including Sydney, Taipei and Phuket. These vital connections will inject new demand for travel, help boost bilateral trade with markets in the East, and magnify the competitiveness of the Hungarian economy."
Budapest will be the third European destination launched by Emirates in this financial year, he added.
Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport, said: "We’re absolutely ecstatic to welcome Emirates Airline to Hungary. We promised some very significant new service developments this year, so Budapest Airport is enormously proud to announce the arrival of this major global carrier – especially because Emirates Airline will be offering both - daily frequencies and wide-bodied services."