Published: June 27 2023
Hungarian low-cost airline, Wizz Air, is commencing direct flights from Budapest to Cairo three times a week starting from October 30. The new route came to fruition following lengthy negotiations and diplomatic efforts between Hungary and Egypt.
New Economic Link Between Hungary and Egypt
Until now, Cairo International Airport has excluded low-cost airlines. However, following continuous pressure from the Hungarian government, the Egyptian tourism ministry has granted necessary paperwork for Wizz Air to operate this new route. This opens up a new destination for tourists and creates a new economic tie between Hungary and Egypt.
The Airbus A321neo
Wizz Air announced that by 2025, its entire aircraft fleet stationed at London Luton Airport (LLA) will be Airbus A321neo. With 239 seats in a single-class configuration, the aircraft incorporates the latest aviation technologies, leading to a 50% reduction in noise footprint, a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and nitrogen oxide emissions, compared to the previous generation aircraft. In addition, the Airbus A321neo has a 50% capacity for sustainable aviation fuel blend.
Thanks to the dedication and diplomatic efforts of the Hungarian government, Wizz Air will now operate a low-cost flight from Budapest to Cairo, opening up an exciting and accessible new scene for tourists wanting to explore the wonders of Egypt.
Questions & Answers
What is the new flight route that Wizz Air is launching from Budapest? Wizz Air is launching a new flight route three times a week from Budapest to Cairo.
Why is the launch of the Budapest to Cairo flight significant? According to Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, this is significant because Cairo International Airport has "basically excluded" low-cost airlines in the past, making this new route possible due to lengthy negotiations and diplomatic efforts.
When will the new Budapest to Cairo flights begin? The new Budapest to Cairo flights will begin on 30 October.
What was the role of the Hungarian government in facilitating the new flight route? Hungary's government kept the issue of low-cost flights to Cairo on the agenda at every meeting since 2022 until the Egyptian tourism ministry issued the necessary paperwork.
What is the significance of the new flight route between Budapest and Cairo for the economic ties between Hungary and Egypt? As Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said, a new economic tie has been created between the two countries with the launch of this new flight route.
What is the seating capacity of the Airbus A321neo used on the Budapest to Cairo flight? The Airbus A321neo used on the Budapest to Cairo flight has a seating capacity of 239 in a single-class configuration.
What are the environmental benefits of the Airbus A321neo aircraft used on the Budapest to Cairo flight? The Airbus A321neo aircraft used on the Budapest to Cairo flight offers a nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint, a 20% reduction in fuel consumption, and a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to the previous aircraft generation. It can also currently fly with up to 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend.