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Direct Air Link To Resume Between Budapest And Beijing


Direct flights will resume between Budapest and Beijing from 1 May, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has announced.

The air services will be provided by China’s state-owned airline Air China, operating four weekly flights with A330 aircraft. The minister noted that direct air connection between Hungary and China was discontinued in March 2012 and talks to resume direct flights had been conducted since June 2014.

On their way from Beijing to Budapest, the planes will stop for a short while in the Belorussian capital Minsk but returning to the Chinese capital, the planes will fly directly to Beijing. Mr. Szijjártó described the direct air link as a further success of Hungary’s Eastern Opening strategy and said that relations and cooperation between the two countries have never been as good as at present. He added that the new flight is a tool for the further development of economic, trade, cultural and touristic cooperation between Hungary and China.

Mr.  Szijjártó emphasised that Air China is the only Chinese airline included on the list of the world’s 500 most valuable brands. The announcement comes before the head of the Chinese national tourism agency is scheduled to visit Budapest in two weeks’ time.

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