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LOT, Lufthansa, Wizz Air and Ryanair may pay fines. The PiS government has left a ticking bomb

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End of two-year protection for air carriers in Poland. From Tuesday, the Border Guard is to enforce millions of fines for failure to provide passenger data. The Law and Justice government has left the current government a ticking bomb, writes Tuesday’s “Rzeczpospolita”.

“Rz” informs that until February 5, Poland has suspended the enforcement of financial penalties imposed on air carriers by the Border Guard for failure to provide passenger data in 2018-2020. This is a requirement introduced by the PNR (Passenger Name Record) Act throughout Europe from 2018.

“According to the Act, each air carrier landing in Poland and taking off from Poland must provide detailed data of its passengers to the Border Guard 48 to 24 hours before the flight. For failure to provide them, the administrative penalty is PLN 20,000 for each single violation – in total (start and landing) is as much as PLN 40,000 for one flight,” we read.

Problems of the aviation industry

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As the daily notes, the system came into force, although carriers indicated, among others, for difficulties in connecting to it. “For two years, the previous government did not decide what to do with tens of thousands of flights carried out by over 260 airline companies, on which high financial penalties were imposed – PLN 40,000 per flight,” the newspaper writes.

As added, the previous Sejm, through an amendment, postponed the execution for two years, allowing the government to do so during that time Mateusz Morawiecki reached an agreement with the industry. However, this did not happen.

“From today, the Border Guard must collect the receivables, which – according to air carriers – together with interest amount to over PLN 2 billion. And they will do it,” writes “Rz”.

The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard, Major Andrzej Juźwiak, says that “the public administration body is obliged to undertake and conduct administrative proceedings without undue delay.” – Meaning that border guards is obliged to take actions, including enforcement actions – confirms “Rz” Juźwiak.

According to the newspaper, the problem, which may lead to the bankruptcy of many companies, affects all airlines operating in Poland. Penalties were imposed, among others: for LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, Emirates, Air France, Wizz Air and Ryanair, as well as Enter Air and DHL.

Main photo source: Leszek Szymański/PAP

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