23 News Reporter Nichole Vrsansky tells us what needs to happen to bring non-stop service to Budapest.
Ambassador Andras Simonyi says this trip will help him decide if Rockford is the place to land weekly flights to central Europe.
"I met a guy from St. Louis today, flying to Cancun. He said he was in Budapest last week. He says he would fly groups of people there if we started flights. That's the response I'm looking for."
O'Brien says flights to Budapest could take off as early as 90 days, but it all depends on one thing: community involvement.
"If we were able to send 500 letters to the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC, I think he'd be overwhelmed."
Rockford will also waive landing fees and provide free ticket counter space as incentives. Whatever it takes to get Malev Airlines in Rockford. If Rockford International is a good business deal for both sides, Ambassador Simoni says he'll gladly board the first flight.
Washington, DC 20515
Vilmos Hamikus, Embassy of Hungary
3910 Shoemaker St., NW
Washington, DC 20008