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New Route of the Day (27 June 2024): China Southern Airlines between Guangzhou and Budapest


China Southern Airlines commenced flights between its hub in Guangzhou and Budapest on Thursday 27 June. The 8,420-kilometre service will be maintained 4-weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with the 787-9 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight CZ649 departs Guangzhou at 00:55 local time, arriving in Budapest at 07:20 local time. The return service, operating as flight CZ650, takes off from the Hungarian capital at 13:00 local time, touching back down in China at 05:55 local time the following morning.

What they said

Han Wen Sheng, Vice President and Chairman of China Southern Airlines, said: “This occasion is not only important for the airline industry, but also a milestone in the two countries’ relations. The flight’s arrival times into Budapest and Guangzhou will meet the needs of passengers for transit via Budapest to other cities in Europe and via Guangzhou to other Chinese cities and destinations in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.”

Francois Berisot, the CEO of Budapest Airport, added: “Guangzhou has always played a prominent role in international commerce and is still one of China’s most important economic hubs attracting businesspeople and investors from all over the world. The China Southern flight will create countless opportunities for Hungarian economic players, business travellers and the tourism sector.”

Budapest with most China flights from Central and Eastern Europe

Budapest has seen a flurry of Chinese carriers launch services to the city this year, a reflection of the strong economic and diplomatic ties between Hungary and the Asian country. Some 200,000 passengers travelled between Hungary and China prior to the pandemic.

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This year, there are just under 400,000 seats between China and Budapest, with Shanghai Airlines boasting the most capacity, operating flights between Shanghai PVG and the Hungarian capital. In addition, it runs a service from Ningbo, which is purely driven by a company building a battery factory in Hungary, with the service catering for all their workers, architects, and suppliers. Shanghai Airlines also maintains flights from Xi’An to Budapest.

Other carriers operating between China and Budapest include Air China from Beijing PEK and Chongqing, in addition to China Southern Airlines.

Hainan Airlines has announced plans to launch services between Shenzhen to Budapest this August, with the service expected to be scheduled shortly.

Hungary now has the most capacity in Central and Eastern Europe to China, if Russia is excluded, ahead of Poland, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Belarus.


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