International railway and bus services operated at full capacity over the weekend due to the volcano eruption in Iceland.
MÁV-START spokesperson Anita Balogh-Fazekas told MTI that traffic to the Czech Republic and Germany was significantly higher. MÁV-START operated additional carriages to Berlin, Munich, Zurich and Bucharest. The services ran at 80%-90%, occasionally at 100% capacity on western European routes compared to the usual 30%-40%. The number of passengers travelling to Budapest by railways is also higher than usual.
Long-distance bus company Volánbusz said the European airspace restrictions generated extraordinary demand in the Volánbusz/Eurolines international bus services as well.
Volánbusz has therefore launched extra services to several European cities from Friday. The most popular destination is London, where Eurolines operated services both days at the weekend, including six on Saturday, involving foreign Eurolines partner capacities as well. Volánbusz also operated supplementary buses to the Netherlands, France and Germany.
Orangeways CEO Miklós Kovács told MTI that the company doubled the number of its services to Amsterdam, and Germany (via Prague) over the weekend, launching a new service to Paris on Sunday. Kovács said Orangeways services ran at full capacity both ways. (MTI – Econews)