Hungarian low-fare airline Wizz Air will launch a direct flight between Budapest and Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The first flight will be launched on 8th of June 2017.
The company will at first operate the flight twice a week, Wizz Aior CEO József Váradi (pictured above) told a press conference, adding that the number of flights per week could be increased later depending on demand. Váradi also said that there would be 4.8 million seats on Budapest flights this year. Last year’s passenger numbers on Wizz Air’s Budapest flights climbed by 23 percent to 3.7 million, he added. Wizz Air is making a total of ten more routes accessible to Budapest passengers this year, Váradi said.
Economy Minister Mihály Varga told the same press conference that Hungary had established diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan in 1991 when it became one of the first countries to recognize Kazakhstan’s independence. The ties established then are constantly getting stronger and the direct flight between the two countries’ capitals will also serve to boost bilateral relations, the minister added. Nurbakh Rustemov, Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Hungary, said the direct flight connection between the two countries could boost bilateral economic, tourism and trade relations.