Poland a key market for Ryanair
PR dla Zagranicy
Budget airline Ryanair has announced new routes from Warsaw while the company’s CEO said Poland is likely to be Europe's fastest growing market over the next five to ten years.
Ryanair will open new routes from Modlin, near Warsaw, to Eilat, in southern Israel, Seville, in southwestern Spain, and Venice, in northeastern Italy.
The airline’s Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said he “would not be surprised” if the number of passengers flying to and from Poland tripled to 100 million per year by 2022.
Ryanair, which has about a 30 percent share in Poland’s market, said it would fly some 11 million passengers to and from Poland this year.
This would be a 20 percent year on year increase in traffic for the airline in Poland, which is also considering offering chartered flights from Polish airports next year.
"We think tour operators are suffering very high fares. We could offer them much lower prices as Ryanair," O'Leary said, adding that Poland’s charter market services some three million passengers a year.
"If we were to enter we would probably see that rising to 6-7 million at half of the price," O’Leary said. (vb/pk)