Tourism has a major role to play in Hungarian-Russian economic relations

Sunday, March 23, 2014

With nearly 180 passengers on board, the first scheduled Russian fight touched down at Sármellék Airport near Lake Balaton. The Russian carrier flies air-passengers between Moscow and Hévíz-Balaton Airport once a week.

Hévíz is located near Hévíz lake, the world’s second-largest thermal lake. It provides facilities for visitors seeking to use the medicinal waters of the lake, including hotels, parks, sports and entertainment.

Managing Director of the Airport Attila Benkő told MTI that UTair Airline first Airbus A321 flight between Moscow Vnukovo Airport and Sármellék carried 178 passengers. In parallel to the new air service, charter flights between Moscow and Hévíz-Balaton Airport on Sundays will continue so passenger capacity can be further increased.

Hungarian Tuzirmus Co. aviation strategy adviser Lajos Palkó spoke at a press conference noting that last year compared to a year earlier, 30 percent more Russian tourists came to the region. The nights spent by 40 thousand Russian tourists close to 300 thousand; the figure already exceeds the number of Austrian tourists visiting the region.

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