New Airline Aeroexpress Regional Introduces Promising Route from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca

Hungary’s newest airline, Aeroexpress Regional, will launch its first services from the capital of Budapest to the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca starting from the 16th of December.

The decision came after two months of servicing the flights in a trial mode in order for the company to observe all the details needed to launch the route officially.

Currently, only AirConnect operates on this route, but thanks to increasing demand, Aeroexpress plans to compete with the Romanian operator.

Aeroexpress Regional staff in front of Embraer 120 aircraft celebrating new route from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca
Aeroexpress Regional will launch its first services from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca| © Aeroexpress Regional

Hungary to Romania Route Details

The new route linking Budapest to Cluj-Napoca is scheduled three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with an estimated flight time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The fleet of Embraer 120 will service the route, with 30 seats, designed for short-haul flights thanks to the aircraft’s efficiency. The route was initially meant to be officially introduced in March 2023, but high demand has convinced the airline to introduce it earlier than planned.

This flight is just the beginning of the story of Aeroexpress Regional. Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, the airline’s founder, claimed that they plan to expand around the Carpathian Basin to link the region shared between Hungary and Romania due to the poor road infrastructure.

Other plans include a route between Debrecen and Targu Mures and other destinations linking the two countries.

Interior of Aeroexpress Regional Embraer 120 aircraft
The airline’s fleet of Embraer 120s will service the route | © Aeroexpress Regional

More about Aeroexpress Regional

Hungary’s newest airline is co-owned by BASe Airlines, a company with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. The creation of Aeroexpress Regional came as an answer to the problems caused by poor infrastructure between Eastern Hungary and Transylvania, a territory home to Romania’s Hungarian minority. There are more than 1 million ethnic Hungarians living in Romania, and Aeroexpress plans to connect them to destinations all around Hungary.

Somogyi-Tóth stated that initially, there were plans to connect the Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod, also a city with an important Hungarian minority; however, they were cancelled due to the ongoing war.

Travel Radar will be watching Aeroexpress Regional’s development with significant consideration, and we are looking forward to seeing the potential change it will invoke in the aviation industry.

Let us know your opinion on the new Hungarian operator in the comments below.


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