UAE Chess Player Run Over On Purpose By Car In Hungary

The chess player from the United Arab Emirates claims from his hospital bed that he was chased, then run over by a car on purpose, before beeing beaten up at Szeged.  The UAE chessplaying association has already received an apology from the hungarian police, and has admitted that they failed.  The authorities has opened an investigation against an unknown perpetrator, according to index.hu

Fidesz MPs Want Hungary To Introduce Death Penalty

They know that Hungary can not introduce the death penalty due to it’s international commitments, still a couple of dozen of members of parliament of the ruling Fidesz party keep on touching the matter of death penalty in the governments comittees.  Recently a Fidesz member of parliament raised his voice to introduce the death penalty during a plenary session at the parliament, Hungarian newssite index.hu wrote today.


Belly dancer causes fury in Esztergom town hall

The mayor of Esztergom, Éva Tétényi (Independent) thought she would surprise her male co-workers with a little treat, a female bellydancer to perform in the town hall, RTL Klub reports.

The local section of the FIDESZ party reacted immediately to the news about this saying that a town with billions of HUF in debt does not have room for such events.  Mayor Éva Tétényi replied that the belly dancer gave her performance for free, in exchange for some chocolate. The champagne was also bought in by the spectators, so no tax money was spent on the event, she also highlighted that under the previous local government over 23 million HUF was spent each year on events like this.

See video clip below fom RTL Klub Hungary (Forward to 1:10):

Last flight leaves Terminal 1

Terminal 1 at Budapest Liszt Ferenc (former Ferihegy) airport is now closed.
The last flight to depart from here was Germanwings’ flight to Stuttgart, according to hirado.hu

After Malév went under in February the traffic at the capital’s airport has been too low too keep both terminals operating.
Terminal 2A, that was dominantly trafficed by Malév can together with 2B host all passenger flights to the airport.
This means that as of tomorrow morning Jet2.com, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Easyjet, Germanwings and Wizz Air will operate from Budapest Airport Terminal 2. Terminal 1 will be sealed off, the airports administration will still remain in the terminal building, and the apron will still be used by cargo aircrafts and general aviation currently utilizing the fascilities. 

Jewish Martyr Monument Vandalized

The Martyr Monument located by the Danube shore in Budapest has been vandalized with the Star of David and writings in Hungarian spraypainted on them.  The writings read “It’s not your country – dirty jews”, as well as “You will be shot into there” (Referring to the Danube) and “Say hi to Daniel”. Referring to the man who last week painted red a recently unweiled statue of Miklos Horthy. writes index.hu.

See image here.

Malev Aircraft Leaving Budapest

According to Hungarian newssite index.hu, Malév’s aircraft have been departuring every 15 minutes from Budapest airport as of 17:00 local time, bound for Shannon airport in Ireland.  This is confirmed by live radar views at flightradar24.com, showing Malév flights departuring one after the other in the direction of Ireland.

It was earlier reported that the lessor ILFC’s planned to fly back the Malév aircraft to ILFC’s Shannon base, however this was threatened to fall through, as it was reported that no Malév pilots wanted to take on the job to fly the planes.  This seems to have been solved for ILFC in some way, as the planes are now flying to Shannon.

The airline has for a long time not been able to pay for it’s leasing commitments.

Hungarian National Airline MALÉV Suspends Operations.

After 66 years of service, at 06:00 Budapest time, the Hungarian national airline suspended it’s operations.
The flight from Tel Aviv was stopped before departure, as the Tel Aviv airport operator handed in a bill to the airline that it was not able to pay.
Over 4000 passengers were booked on MALÉV flights departuring Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport.

Yesterday the future of the airline looked a bit brighter, as it filed for bankruptcy protection the  management and government announced plans to keep MALÉV in the air for a couple of more months, until a new national airline with a different structure could be launched into the skies with private capital.  Today prime minister Viktor Orbán said in a radio interview with the public broadcaster that he was looking for private investors who could maybe save the airline, emphasizing that no public money could be spent on saving the airline. Private investors would have to be prepared to also risk their own money and try to manage the airline to be profitable, or at lease not be in a deficit.  The ruling Fidesz party blames long mismanagement and a bad deals made regarding privatization in 2007, then re-nationalization in 2010 by the then ruling MSZP party.

The national airline was not able to live up to it’s financial obligations following a recent decision by the European Commission, it was required to repay government loans ruled as contravening state aid regulations. In addition Limburger Lóránt, CEO of MALÉV said that it’s service providers required payment in advance, which speeded up the use of the money the airline had.

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