easyJet to Resume Popular Budapest-Lyon Service

Photo: EasyJet Airbus A320 landing. Photo Credit: easyJet
Photo: EasyJet Airbus A320 landing. Photo Credit: easyJet

Budapest Airport is set to see the return of its direct connection to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in France with easyJet. This popular route was previously active pre-pandemic (2019/2020) with nearly 50,000 annual seats.

The service will now be relaunched by the airline from August 21 2024, and will then operate as a year-round service.

Initially, flights will operate twice a week. Budapest Airport anticipates an initial 38,000 seats sold annually, with the potential for increased frequency as early as summer 2025 due to historically high passenger numbers.

A Welcomed Return for Tourists and Skiers

The Budapest-Lyon route previously catered mainly to French leisure travelers (over 90% in 2019). However, as the service matured, it gained traction among Hungarians as well, with their share reaching 24%. This trend is expected to continue in 2024.

“The return of the Lyon route is very timely,” says Máté Ritter, Head of Airline Development at Budapest Airport.

“It perfectly aligns with the increasing tourism demand from France. Even without a direct connection in 2023, over 22,000 passengers transferred between Lyon and Budapest, making it one of our largest indirect city-pairs in Europe.”

Lyon’s convenient location near the French Alps, with many renowned ski resorts just a two-hour drive from the airport, is another factor expected to boost the route’s popularity for Hungarian skiers seeking winter adventures.

An easyJet Airbus A320 taxis at Birmingham Airport.
Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Expanding EasyJet Network at Budapest Airport

This marks the fourth easyJet route operating from Budapest, joining their existing services to London Gatwick (UK), Basel, and Geneva (Switzerland).

This expansion strengthens Budapest Airport’s network and provides travelers with even more convenient and affordable travel options.

Budapest Airport: Gateway to Central Europe

Nestled conveniently near the vibrant Hungarian capital, Budapest Airport serves as a major transportation hub for Central Europe.

Flourishing Connections

The airport boasts a robust network of airlines, offering a diverse range of destinations across Europe and beyond.

Whether you seek the bustling streets of London or the serene landscapes of Switzerland, Budapest Airport provides a streamlined connection point.

Thriving Low-Cost Options

Budget-conscious travelers can also rejoice. Budapest Airport is a haven for low-cost carriers like easyJet, ensuring affordable travel without compromising on quality.

With easyJet’s recent addition of the Lyon route to its Budapest offerings, exploring France becomes even more accessible.

Beyond the Gates

The airport itself caters to your every need. From world-class dining options to convenient duty-free shopping, you can unwind and recharge before your flight.

Additionally, efficient ground transportation links ensure a smooth transition to your Budapest adventure or your onward journey.

Gateway to Central Europe

As your gateway to Central Europe, Budapest Airport unlocks a world of exploration. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Budapest, or venture further afield to discover hidden gems in neighboring countries.

Budapest Airport is dedicated to providing an exceptional travel experience. With ongoing development and expansion plans, the airport is constantly striving to offer even more destinations and improved facilities.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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