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Budapest Airport welcomes new Ryanair flight decision

The head of Budapest Airport on Thursday welcomed a decision by Irish budget carrier Ryanair to begin flights between Hungary's capital and Britain.

“This is wonderful news,” Stewart Wingate, the head of Budapest Airport, said in a statement. “It shows the growth potential in the Hungarian market.” Ryanair will operate four flights a week between Budapest and Nottingham from October 31, adding to services it already operates between Lake Balaton, one of Hungary's biggest tourist attractions, and London. Budapest Airport, the company that operates Ferihegy International Airport, was privatized in December 2005. Britain's BAA bought the airport. However, Spain's Ferrioval took over the British company and this month sold Budapest Airport to Germany's Hochtief for €1.9 billion ($2.57 billion). The airport is one of the busiest in Central and Eastern Europe, and this week announced it had handled over 700,000 passengers in April, a 4.6% increase on the previous year. Both BAA and Hochtief promised to develop the airport into a major regional hub, and Wingate said this work would continue. “We are further working to bring more airlines, flights and travellers to Budapest and to make Budapest Airport Central Europe's most successful airport,” he said. (