Wizz Air may start flights from Budapest to Minsk, Minister of State of Hungarian MFA Csaba Balogh stated on November 6.
Wizz Air is a Hungarian low-cost air carrier.
“We intend to ask the airline to consider flights from Budapest to Minsk. We’re on good terms with them,” the official said before the opening of the Belarusian-Hungarian business forum in Minsk.
He added the talks might take place the following year.
Two-three regular weekly flights by Belavia are not enough to develop all sorts of relationships between the two countries, Balogh believes. “Not only for tourists. Makes it difficult for business persons as well.”
Minister of State of #Hungary MFA Csaba Balogh arrives in #Minsk, meets #Belarus Foreign Minister #Makei, discusses BLR-HUN relations, facilitating of people-to-people contacts, BLR-EU dialogue. Bilateral Business Forum & Joint Economic Commission session to follow. pic.twitter.com/IxJej4XQM3
— BY Embassy in HU (@BYEmbassy_HU) November 5, 2018
Why No Low Costs?
The arrival of international low-cost airlines is a dream of many Belarusians who have to depart from the neighboring capitals in search for better ticket fares. However, the perspective of it has many times been described as unrealistic.
Belarusian officials occasionally mention holding talks with low-cost airlines, but state that passenger volumes in Belarus are not big enough for the latter. Besides, the country is not ready to subsidize flights.
Not compiling to the local transport standards was mentioned among the reasons why low-cost airlines don’t fly to Belarus.
On the good side, Belavia announced plans to launch hand baggage-only fares. According to Belarus’ Transport and Communications Minister, it may happen within six months.
“We expect that Belavia will offer a certain number of hand baggage-only tickets on every flight. The tickets will be at a ridiculous price,” the official said on October 23.