the country. The latest addition was Iasi. “Since Malev considers the Romanian market to be of strategic importance, it aims to maintain its dominant presence there and intends to take an even larger market share than at present,” company representatives have said. “Once again growth trends are evident on the Romanian market, too: we registered an increase in passenger numbers of 4.3 percent on our Bucharest service last month and initial results for September as well as bookings for October give great cause for optimism,” said Malev's chief commercial officer Karim Makhlouf. Malev runs four flights a day between Bucharest and Budapest, two connections a day to and from Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, and daily flights to and from Tirgu Mures and Iasi, which comes to a total of 65 flights each week. More than 50 percent of the Romanian traveling public are transit passengers, according to Malev, which hopes to become the leading hub airline in the region. It has fares from Bucharest to Budapest for EUR 69 including taxes.