Low fare airline Wizz Air will operate a service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to Budapest from March, it has been announced.

The new flights between Liverpool and the Hungarian capital will run twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, becoming becomes Wizz Air’s fourth route to be served from LJLA.

LJLA’s Air Service development manager Paul Winfield said: “This further commitment by Wizz Air to operations from Liverpool is a further sign of the progress we have been making over the past 12 months.

“It links yet another important European capital city with Liverpool that will have benefits for both business and leisure travellers.

“We are committed to increasing the range of destinations served from Liverpool to give travellers from across the North West more opportunities to fly from the fastest, easiest, friendliest airport in the region.”

Wizz Air began operations from LJLA in late 2004, operating flights to the Polish capital of Warsaw and the Baltic coastal city of Gdansk, also in Poland.

The airline increased its capacity on both these routes last year as well as commencing flights to Riga in Latvia.

Last year Wizz Air increased their passenger throughput at Liverpool by more than 60%, carrying more than 40,000 more passengers than in 2014.