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Love at First Flight: New Airline Catches Hungarian Government’s Eye

Barbara Bene 2022.09.13.

It is an important endeavor of the government to make the major cities of the Carpathian Basin accessible by air from Hungary, said the Parliamentary Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at a press conference announcing the flights of the regional airline Aeroexpress at Debrecen Airport on Monday.

Levente Magyar said that the new airline, which will connect Budapest with Cluj-Napoca and Debrecen with Cluj-Napoca and Târgu Mures, is in line with the government’s efforts to facilitate relations between the Hungarian motherland and Transylvania.

The Hungarian government is committed to the activities of Aeroexpress Regional, and will examine all means to ensure that the regional transport carried out by the airline is maintained in the long term,

the state secretary said according to Világgazdaság, a Hungarian economic portal.

The politician pointed out that while a trip from Hungary to the heart of Transylvania is a day’s drive, it can be done by plane in one hour. He added that Aeroexpress Regional is also planning to fly to a third country besides Hungary and Romania.

According to the State Secretary,

Aeroexpress Regional is paying off an old debt, as there is a huge demand for air links between the major cities of the region.

Debrecen International Airport, one of the airline’s partners, will play a key role in Aeroexpress’ activities. The Secretary of State said that the Hungarian State took over majority ownership of the airport at the beginning of the year and its aim is to make it a modern, high-capacity airport for the region that meets the requirements of the 21st century.

New Hungarian Airline to Create Regional Connections
New Hungarian Airline to Create Regional Connections

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The government is committed to the development of flights, which is also supported by the European Union, and all efforts are being made to ensure that the trial period of Aeroexpress Regional, which has just started, “is not a one-off dream of a few months, but a reality that will stay with us,” the Secretary of State said.

Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, managing director of Aeroexpress Kft., which operates the regional flights, said that

Hungarian air transport has developed a lot in the last ten years, with hundreds of Hungarian-registered planes flying in Europe, but less attention has been paid to regional transport.

This gap is to be filled by Aeroexpress Regional, which is partly owned by BASe Airlines Zrt, a wholly Hungarian-owned company, and two Hungarian individuals. BASe has been present in the market for 31 years and has gained considerable experience in regional aviation in Europe, he added.

As Hungary Today reported earlier, Aeroexpress Regional is the new brand of a Hungarian airline with a three-decade history that has been providing public services in Finland for many years. The company launched in Hungary on September 5, with Debrecen International Airport as a close partner, operating flights three days a week between Hungary and Romania.

Featured photo: MTI/Czeglédi Zsolt

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