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Applications received for rights to fly to four former Malév destinations

Hungary' National Transport Authority (NKH) on Thursday said it had received applications for rights to fly to four destinations outside of the European Union earlier held by troubled national carrier Malév.

Applications have been made for rights to fly to Israel, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, NKH said. The deadline for applying for the rights to fly to the first two destinations has already passed, but applications are still being accepted for the other 22 destinations.

NKH cannot reveal the parties that submitted the applications until a decision is taken, within 90 days of the receipt of the first application. Malév, which was Hungary's national airline for more than 60 years, was grounded in February and placed in receivership.

Hungarian low-fare airline Wizz Air wants to launch flights from Budapest to Moscow and to Tel Aviv, communications director Daniel de Carvalho said earlier in the week. Wizz Air CEO József Váradi said after Malév was grounded that the airline was interested in getting Malév's rights to fly to Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.