BUDAPEST, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Ryanair will launch flights to six new destinations from Budapest in its 2019 winter timetable, the budget airline announced on Wednesday.
The new destinations are Catania (Italy), Luxembourg, Gothenburg (Sweden), Tel Aviv (Israel), Lappeenranta (Finland) and Poznan (Poland). The flights will operate two or three times a week from October 2019, Ryanair's Regional Manager Denis Barabas told journalists.
He said that the new routes could increase the Irish airline's passenger numbers to 3.2 million at the Budapest base, which is 24 percent more than that in 2018.
Ryanair carries 18 percent of air passengers to and from Budapest, preceded only by Hungarian airline Wizz Air.
With the new routes, Ryanair will operate 46 flights during the winter 190 times per week.
Barabas also announced that Ryanair was constantly examining the possibility of introducing new destinations and that the company did not exclude flights from two other international airports in Hungary, Debrecen and Sarmellek.
Budapest Airport closed a record year in 2018. It handled nearly 15 million passengers, up 13.5 percent from 2017.