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New Route of the Day (24 November 2023): Smartwings between Budapest and Salalah


Smartwings inaugurated a new service between Budapest and Salalah in Oman on Friday 24 November. The 4,635-kilometre route will be maintained weekly with the 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The airline faces no competition between the two cities. Flights are being operated on behalf of the Kartago Tours tour operator, which will also launch operations between Budapest and Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates through Smartwings on 26 December.

Flight 7O5620 departs Budapest at 05:00 local time, arriving in Salalah at 14:50 local time. The return service, operating as flight 7O5621, takes off from the Omani airport at 16:00 local time, touching back down in the Hungarian capital at 20:25 local time.

What they said

Zsofia Bocsak, CEO of Kartago Tours, said: “The two new directly accessible destinations announced by Kartago Tours’ parent company, DER Tourisik, have already been a great success in other Central European markets, so we have reason to believe that Salalah and Ras Al Khaimah will quickly become known and popular among Hungarian travellers as well.”

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Budapest Airport grows Gulf connectivity

Budapest Airport is now linked to seven cities in the Gulf region by five airlines, with Wizz Air boasting the largest number of operations. In addition to the newly launched Salalah service, Budapest is served from Dubai by Emirates, flydubai and Wizz Air, from Doha by Qatar Airways, and from Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh by Wizz Air. Smartwings will inaugurate flights to Ras Al Khaimah next month.

Overall, Budapest Airport sees operations to four country markets in the Gulf during W23/24, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman. Out of those, the largest number of weekly departures are from Budapest to Dubai at 19-weekly, followed by Doha with daily, Abu Dhabi with 5-weekly rotations, Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh with 2-weekly services each and the newly launched Salalah service, which is maintained weekly.

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