Once again, in the airline news, Budapest gets hit again. American Airlines announced they are cancelling their one and only direct route from New York to Budapest. This was not a year round service, but it was due to start again in June. Delta Airlines, which once had direct service between the cities had long since dropped their route.
American stated they would still service the route through their partners British Air via London and Finnish Air via Helsinki. If you choose the latter, I recommend a stopover in Helsinki; it is a delightfully small city.
Since I was not thrilled with the equipment American Airlines used on our last flights, I am not sure this is such a bad thing after all. However, it is a barometer of the global economy for sure.