Hungary's Wizz Air will operate a direct flight between Budapest and Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, from June 8th, it has been announced.
The airline will operate the flights twice a week at first, and could be increased later depending on demand for the service.
The airline also said there will be 4.8 million seats on Budapest flights this year. Last year’s passenger numbers climbed by 23 percent to 3.7 million. Wizz Air are launching a total of ten more routes accessible to Budapest passengers this year.
Mihály Varga, minister for National Economy, said 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 realtions, 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.