LOT airlines recently announced non-stop flights from Chicago and JFK to Budapest. Starts May 2018, and it's not everyday. Details are here.
Thanks for posting this - more options are always a good thing!
This got me ridiculously excited since Budapest is my must-visit-every-year place now, but since I live on the west coast I'd still have to stop in Chicago or NY.
I just purchased my tickets for Christmas in Lviv / Kyiv / Budapest and after paying nearly the highest rates i have ever paid i got my hopes up too. I checked the rates. There are some discounted rates that would work to about $1000 return trip; but i am not sure how long that will last, so figure closer to $1200. LOT code shares with United and US Airways. Neither my favorite and neither show the nonstop connection out of my home town. I would have to travel about 90 miles to an airport that has direct flights to JFK. Then buy a separate ticket to JFK. All very doable and i did it a few times when American Airlines was flying non-stop to Budapest some years back. Still I think its long overdue and i hope its profitable so we get more good flights.
I hope this works out as we are planning a trip right now starting in Budapest for May 2018. Only 2 hours from Chicago so this would be great.
If you are not in Chicago or JFK it would probably be faster to fly to a European hub and change for Budapest there. I fly often from Seattle to Prague. There is a direct connection there from JFK and Atlanta but it's faster and usually cheaper to fly from Seattle to Amsterdam and change for Prague there. I suspect that for Budapest it would be similar.
I live in a small market with no direct connections to Europe so it would eliminate one of the two connections I must make on every trip. I suspect that I am not the only person with that predicament. Budapest is a 19 to 21 hour trip for me.