Malév Hungarian Airlines is to re-introduce its scheduled service to Bangkok with flights operating three times a week from 2 December 2005 to 31 March 2006 from its Budapest hub. The airline previously operated a scheduled service to Bangkok from 1996 to 2001, and charter flights from 2001 to 2005.
The Hungarian national carrier expects aircraft to be flying the Budapest-Bangkok route to near full capacity with mail and cargo revenues also likely to be considerable. The Bangkok winter service is advantageous for the airline because seasonal traffic to Southeast Asia directly counterbalances Malev’s transatlantic flights.
The decrease in passenger demand and flight frequency to New York and Toronto during the winter months means that any excess capacity can now be taken up by the Far East route, thereby guaranteeing optimal year-round utilization of the airline’s two wide-bodied B767-200ER aircraft.
Malév’s Bangkok service is fully integrated into the airline’s Western Europe schedule, providing reasonable connections times in Budapest. Research indicates that more than 50% of turnover will derive from transit traffic, which in turn will boost network revenue. The airline has also planned its schedule to provide excellent connections in Bangkok for passengers wishing to travel on to Sydney and Hong Kong.