Ryanair plans to increase traffic in Poland by 10% in 2024 and transport 18 million passengers. During the summer season, the Irish airline will launch 30 new routes from Poland. However, Warsaw-Modlin Airport will lose 15 connections. – Poor management of Modlin airport forced us to cut routes – said Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at a press conference. This is the response of the vice-president of the port near Warsaw. The Irish carrier, next to the Hungarian Wizz Air and LOT Polish Airlines, is among the most frequently chosen by passengers in our country.
Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary talked about cutting connections from Warsaw-Radom airport during Tuesday’s press conference. – Unfortunately, due to the increase in fees and the inability of the Modlin management to expand the terminal, Modlin will be the only airport in Poland to experience a decline in traffic this year – said the head of the Irish airline.
– Poor management of Modlin airport has forced us to cut routes, the number of aircraft based and flight frequencies, while other Polish airports such as Krakow, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Poznań and Chopin will expand this summer – added O’Leary.
Ryanair said it continues to invest and develop routes and traffic at Warsaw Chopin Airport and seven other airports in Poland. As indicated, 30 new routes will appear in the summer season, including: Alicante, Chania, MaltaPalma, Paphos and Zadar.
Warsaw-Modlin Airport corresponds to Ryanair
However, Warsaw-Modlin will lose 15 routes, 1 plane and will record a 14 percent drop in traffic. The Irish carrier indicated that the reason for this situation was the failure of the Modlin management to expand the terminal and agree on a long-term contract with the carrier.
According to O’Leary, the lack of expansion of Modlin’s infrastructure and the increase in airport fees will harm air traffic, tourism and jobs in the Masovian Voivodeship.
Vice-president of the Warsaw-Modlin Airport, Grzegorz Hlebowicz, stated that a change in the price list is necessary if the airport is to develop.
– Warsaw Modlin Airport has not changed its airport fees for a decade. Changes are necessary if the Modlin airport is to develop. We hope that Ryanair will want to look into the future and focus on the future profits that can be achieved in Modlin thanks to the price list change. As a consequence of this change, it will be possible to expand the terminal and the parking area, Hlebowicz noted.
The head of Ryanair about the Central Communication Port
Michael O’Leary asked about Central Communication Port (CPK), said: “We are the largest airline in Poland and we will not fly there under this or any other government.”
– Warsaw has the advantage of having two, perhaps two and a half airports, (…) What Poland needs is to increase the capacity of these airports through a very moderate development of the terminals in Modlin and a fairly moderate development of the terminal in Chopin, and then there will be no need for a central airport 150 kilometers away – said the president of Ryanair.
The most popular carriers
The latest available data from the Civil Aviation Office shows that Ryanair is the most popular airline in Poland. In the period from January to September this year. Over 12 million passengers of the Irish carrier were served at Polish airports in domestic and international regular traffic.
They took second place LOT Polish Airlines – nearly 8 million passengers. The Hungarian airline Wizz Air was ranked third – almost 7.9 million passengers. Just behind the podium was the German Lufthansa – over 1.3 million passengers.
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