It is an important endeavor of the government to make the major cities of the Carpathian Basin accessible by air from Hungary, Levente Magyar, parliamentary state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said at a press conference announcing the flight of regional airline Aeroexpress at Debrecen Airport on Monday.
Magyar announced that the airline’s activities, which will connect Budapest with Cluj-Napoca and Debrecen with Cluj-Napoca and Târgu Mureș, are in line with the government’s efforts to facilitate relations between the motherland and Transylvania.
The Hungarian state took over majority ownership of Debrecen International Airport at the beginning of the year, and its aim is to provide the region with a modern, high-capacity airport that meets the requirements of the 21st century, he said.
Magyar added that both the financial and professional basis is in place to make Debrecen Airport a regional hub. As part of this series of improvements, two new special airport fire trucks were handed over on Monday, with government support.
Diána Széles, deputy mayor of Debrecen, and Ferenc Péter, president of the Mures County Council, also spoke about the potential of regional flights for the development of business and tourism in the region.
The deputy mayor said that the Debrecen-Hajdúszoboszló-Hortobágy-Tisza Lake tourist region could be attractive to visitors from Transylvania, while Ferenc Péter pointed out that Mures County is the fifth most visited region in Romania and Szováta is a favorite destination for Hungarian tourists.
Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, managing director of Aeroexpress Kft., which operates regional flights, said that Hungarian air transport has developed a lot in the last 10 years, but less attention has been paid to regional transport. This gap is to be filled by Aeroexpress, which is partly owned by BASe Airlines Zrt, 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 said.
In addition to the existing regional flights to Finland, the new flights will operate on the Budapest-Kolozsvár-Debrecen-Mosvásárhely-Debrecen and Debrecen-Kolozsvár-Budapest routes three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in September and October, Somogyi-Tóth said.