Following a quiet start on 28 October, the first flight between Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Budapest Airport by JOON, the new generation travel experience by Air France, was officially launched on 8 November. Our writer Miklos, Budai had the possibility to attend their inauguration ceremony.

JOON inaugural ceremony in Budapest. Photo Source: Budapest Airport

Starting at the beginning of the winter schedule, the three flights per day between the Hungarian and French capitals, once operated by Air France, are now flown by JOON, a carrier launched in 2017. The flights continue to offer the same connectivity in the extensive Air France and KLM network that passengers are accustomed to.

The launch event, which of course included a water cannon salute provided by the airport firefighters, was attended by Pascale Andréani, the French ambassador to Hungary; Jost Lammers, the CEO of Budapest Airport; Thijs Komen, the regional director from Air France-KLM; and Jean-Michel Mathieu, the CEO of JOON.

“We are delighted that JOON, Air France’s sister carrier, chose Budapest as one of its first destinations from Paris,” highlighted Jost Lammers, the CEO of Budapest Airport. “We are certain that this airline will be popular amongst Hungarian travelers; with its youthful and dynamic image and service quality, it offers something brand new in the market. With the appearance of JOON, the number of seats available to passengers on the Budapest-Paris route has increased by 16%. There is sure to be demand for this expansion, as approximately 600 000 people travel between the two capitals annually, and this number is growing continuously, and could reach 700 000 by the end of this year.”

Budapest Airport welcoming the new Joon service. Photo Source: Budapest Airport.

Jean-Michel Mathieu, the CEO of JOON said: “I am very proud of the fact that JOON, the new generation travel experience by Air France, is flying to this beautiful city in the heart of Europe. JOON enables the successful operation of the route for Air France going forward. This winter, with three flights, and from the 2019 summer schedule, with four a day, we are providing 16% more seats for passengers.”

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