Low-cost eastern European airline Wizz Air has announced it will begin flying to Budapest from Luton Airport.
A new Airbus A320 will take passengers to the popular Hungarian capital destination from April 2009, and services from Luton Airport will increase from 11 per week to 13 per week.
Jozsef Varadi, the carrier’s chief executive officer, said: "Wizz Air’s expansion in Budapest provides travellers with more low cost travel options. Given the downturn in world’s economy, this is what people need more than ever.
"By expecting further consolidation on our markets as soon as this winter, Wizz Air also stands ready to take over passengers from airlines that might fail their uphill financial battle."
Next year, Wizz Air says it plans to carry more than one million passengers to Hungary, a rise of 30 per cent on 2008, and the airline will be operating 72 weekly flights on 15 Hungarian routes by April 2009.
Wizz Air recently announced that it will begin routes to Kiev and Lviv in the Ukraine from Luton Airport