BUDAPEST, 2014-04-14 — /Travel PR News/ — The direct aerial connection between Leeds in Central England and Budapest has been restored today. British low cost carrier Jet2.com, based at Leeds-Bradford Airport, decided to re-launch its flight to the Hungarian capital on the back of substantial passenger demand.
Jet2.com’s Boeing 737 type aircraft touched down at Budapest Airport during Thursday lunchtime, reinstating the direct flight between Leeds and the Hungarian capital following a hiatus of two years. As is now traditional, Budapest Airport welcomed Jet2.com’s first flight from Leeds with a launch ceremony. This time, not only the crew of the arriving aircraft, but the first passengers also received a cake from Budapest Airport. Tamás and Roland Krajcsik, graduates from the University of Győr, received a special cake to mark the occasion from Sándor Saly, Budapest Airport’s airline development manager. The twins, who studied tourism, boarded the Jet2.com flight in the hope of finding employment in England.
During the current schedule, Jet2.com’s aircraft will leave England in the morning on Thursdays (08:30-12:30) and will return in the afternoon (13:10-15:10). On Sundays, the flight will depart from Leeds in the late afternoon or early evening (16:35-20:35) and will fly back late in the evening (21:15-23:15), making the service suitable for business travelers and city break tourists alike.
“We are happy to welcome the re-launch of Jet2.com’s Leeds flight, which was preceded by a considerable amount of planning and preparation work,” said Sándor Saly, airline development manager for Budapest Airport. “With the new service, Jet2.com offers the largest number of British destinations from Budapest, as they also operate to Edinburgh, Manchester and East Midlands Airport. I am sure that the Leeds flights will quickly become popular with tourists and business travelers alike,” he added.
Leeds has a population of nearly 800 000, and is an important regional center in England. The history of the settlement dates back to the 5th century B.C., but the city really began to grow during the industrial revolution, when it became the primary location for cotton production. Currently it is regarded as the second most important business and financial center in Great Britain after London. Tourism is also significant in the city, with approximately 1.5 million tourists visiting annually. Leeds is also well known for its football club, which currently competes in the English second division, the Football League Championship. Elland Road Stadium, the home of Leeds United, is the 11th largest sports facility in the country, with a capacity of nearly 40,000 seats.