The last time I was in Hungary was 2012, and I was only in the Budapest area. Málev had ceased operating then, but the airport still had a lot of their logos and marks throughout the terminal.
That time I flew with Lufthansa from Dublin Airport via Frankfurt Airport.
Hungary at that time was not going through a great political time (it still isn't), and there was a very unpleasant and authoritarian feel around then.
Budapest is a beautiful city, and I have to say that I like the Metro and the tram network. I also quite like the MÁV, which I've traveled with more outside of Hungary than inside. Regardless, I guess that Hungary just has a troubled national history, one which always seems to side with authoritarian regimes.