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Shanghai Airlines Launches Ningbo-Budapest Flight

Transport

Shanghai Airlines' first direct flight between Ningbo and Budapest arrived at Liszt Ferenc International late Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The flight will operate twice a week.

Scheduled direct flights now connect Budapest with four cities in China: Ningbo, Beijing, Chongqing, and Shanghai, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade state secretary Tamás Menczer. From July, 10 direct flights between Hungary and China will operate, close to the 13 before the pandemic, he added.

The number of Chinese tourists who arrived in Hungary quintupled between 2011 and 2019, and global competition is now "huge" to attract those tourists after China's post-pandemic re-opening, he said. Chinese tourists are among the biggest-spending travelers and are a boon to the local tourism industry and the economy, he added.

Qiu Jie, general manager of the Budapest office of China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines' parent company, pointed to the importance of the Hungarian market in the region of Europe.

Balázs Bogáts, CCO of Budapest Airport, said the Liszt Ferenc operator was working to bring even more Chinese direct flights to the Hungarian capital. 

Ningbo, with a population of 10 million, is known for its electronic devices, textile, and industrial machinery exports.

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