Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has won a state tender to operate a direct flight between Budapest and the Russian city of Kazan, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, announced on Monday at a joint press conference with the airline’s CEO József Váradi.
The flight will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays from the end of October, Szijjártó said. Hungary has been in talks with Russia on launching the service since 2015, he added. He noted that Tatarstan is an important export market for Hungarian farm products. Wizz Air also announced the expansion of its service between Budapest and Tȃrgu Mureș, Romania, from two flights a week to a flight every day. Szijjártó said the launch of daily service between the destinations from October would raise the number of seats on the flights from an annual 38,000 to 132,000. Váradi said flying more frequently to Tȃrgu Mureș would support tourism and business travel. He added that Kazan is Wizz Air’s third destination in Russia.