AirBaltic and the Hévíz-Balaton Airport Ltd. signed a three-year agreement, under which direct air link is created between Riga International Airport and Hévíz-Balaton Airport. With its professional work, primarily through its network of foreign representation the Hungarian Tourism Plc. helps make the new flight successful. This new flight opens up new markets for the whole Balaton region. According to the plans the first plane lands on 4th May 2013 initally with 76 seats on board. The weekly flights from May to October establish a fast connection between the Northern European countries and the Western Hungarian spa towns and Lake Balaton.
The Riga International Airport is an important transport station (so called hub) for Northern European passengers. AirBaltic carries 3,300,000 passengers a year to more than 50 destinations. It can offer a new holiday and spa destination primarily for its Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish passengers with the connection to Hévíz-Balaton Airport. According to the previous market research from the rigorous Scandinavian areas there is great interest in the thermal baths during spring and autumn and in Lake Balaton during the summer season. The flight offers a convenient connection also from Russia.
Papp Gábor – the mayor of Hévíz– said, that the Hévíz-Balaton Airport Ltd., which is 100 % local government owned, is prepared for the flights of AirBaltic. To ensure the stable operation of the airport it is essential to increase the number of flights. To do so, the first successfully concluded agreement resulted in the Riga – Hévíz/Balaton flight. Reaching new clientele gives an opportunity to extend the composition of international visitors in the region. A comprehensive marketing campaign is prepared for it. Hévíz and in a wider sense the Western Hungarian spa towns will be introduced as health tourism destinations in the Northern European market in close cooperation with the Hungarian Tourism Plc. In connection with the flight the airport wants to intensify further the cooperation in the region initiating several towns and businesses in order to strengthen the common marketing tasks.
Hévíz-Balaton Airport Ltd.
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