Low-cost carrier Ryanair is to cut the number of routes it serves from Budapest airport from January, blaming operator Hochtief’s decision to “increase charges, impose inefficient facilities and reject our proposals for a competitive growth offer”.
The airline says it will decrease the number of aircraft based at the airport from five to three, effective January 10, and will drop ten routes to destinations including Birmingham, Bologna, Dusseldorf, Munich and Oslo.
Annoucing the move Ryanair said that “Hochtief’s failure to agree a long term growth deal with Europe’s largest airline is further proof that Budapest Airport has no interest growing Hungarian tourism, traffic and jobs as it repeatedly increases charges even as its traffic declines”.
The carrier added that the cuts “can be reversed if a competitive cost offer and efficient facilities become available at Budapest Airport”.
Ryanair currently offers a twice-weekly service between Birmingham and Budapest.
For more information visit ryanair.com.
Report by Mark Caswell
Ryanair’s Budapest route cancellations from January 10, 2013