Budapest Airport and Kiwi.com – an online travel technology company – have joined forces to create an initiative to transform transfer traffic through Hungary’s capital city gateway. The product – ‘bud:connects’ – will bring about smooth and efficient travel for transferring passengers.
Close to 110,000 passengers self-connected at the airport in the last 12 months, which is expected to double in the next three years. Building on this, bud:connects will deliver a hassle-free and seamless experience for all customers flying with two or more unconnected airlines. As passengers move away from traditional booking practices, creating their own itineraries and transfers, the partnership with Kiwi.com ensures that Budapest is at the forefront of the growing trend.
“Our desire is to do everything we can to ensure each and every one of our self-connect passengers has the smoothest journey through our airport,” explains Kam Jandu, chief commercial officer at Budapest Airport. “With competitive journey times we are already seeing an improved passenger journey – results which will help secure future bookings. As this method of travel becomes more popular, we would encourage other airports to invest in the self-transfer market,” added Jandu.
Bud:connects offers the ‘SmartPass’ service which includes the use of priority security lanes for all passengers self-connecting with less than three hours connecting time and checked luggage.