Ryanair announces eight routes to Warsaw Modlin; seven of them compete directly or indirectly with Wizz Air

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary announcing nine services this morning flanked by Kasia Gaborec, Sales and Marketing Executive CEE, and Stephen McNamara, Ryanair Head of Communications.

Today at the Warsaw Marriott: Low-cost airlines love to be nasty about each other, but it's not that often that they set out to directly compete. However, Ryanair's new batch of Warsaw Modlin services will compete on seven of Wizz's 20 routes. After spreading rumours that it would launch up to 40 routes, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary announced eight services this morning flanked by Kasia Gaborec, Sales and Marketing Executive CEE, and Stephen McNamara, Head of Communications. We are delighted to give our friends at Fly4free.pl full credit for this news photo.

Let battle commence. It seems that Warsaw Modlin is to be location for the first major head-to-head confrontation between Ryanair and Wizz Air for the hearts and minds (and cash) of Polish travellers and those wanting to visit Warsaw. After Wizz Air last week announced a four aircraft base serving 19 destinations at the airport starting in mid-July, Ryanair has now announced that it will serve the new airport from eight of its bases across Europe. Four of the eight routes (Brussels Charleroi, Budapest, Milan Bergamo and Stockholm Skavsta) will see direct competition between the two LCCs while three others (London, Oslo and Rome) will see the two competing indirectly by serving different airports in the same city.

Ryanair route (code, weekly frequency) Wizz Air competition (code, weekly frequency)
Brussels Charleroi (CRL, 5) Brussels Charleroi (CRL, 7)
Budapest (BUD, 7) Budapest (BUD, 4)
Dublin (DUB, 3) Cork (ORK, 2)
Milan Bergamo (BGY, 3) Milan Bergamo (BGY, 4)
Rome Ciampino (CIA, 3) Rome Fiumicino (FCO, 7)
Oslo Rygge (RYG, 3) Oslo Torp (TRF, 5)
Stockholm Skavsta (NYO, 4) Stockholm Skavsta (NYO, 7)
London Stansted (STN, 7) London Luton (LTN, 25)
Source: Ryanair, Wizz Air

Dublin is the only city that Wizz Air does not serve. Instead it will serve Cork which is a completely different market.

What they said

In Warsaw, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce our first eight Warsaw routes to Brussels, Budapest, Dublin, London, Milan, Oslo, Rome and Stockholm when Warsaw Modlin airport opens on 16 July next. Ryanair’s eight new Warsaw Modlin routes will deliver at least 700,000 passengers per annum and sustain 700 local jobs. Now Polish consumers/visitors can beat the recession and escape both LOT and Wizzair’s high fares by switching to Ryanair’s lowest fares and our no fuel surcharge guarantee flights to/ from Modlin Airport.”


  1. CEE Aviation Guru says:

    Now Wizz has to pull back after the Olympics ’12 RYR is clearly willing to close all cash taps for Wizz, imagine if they have left growing in Modlin or in BUD, they would sit on an enormous cash box before their IPO…This year is anyway a huge potential for cashmaking for both…Olympics and Euro2012 in Ucraine and Polonia. Now the battle has been announced in LT, PL and HU and obviously the stronger dog…
    RYR owns 300 a/c and has 3billionEUR cash reserve…

  2. But what will Ryanair do when it stops receiving new planes from Boeing this year. New planes from China are years away, Boeing will not discount, Airbus will not talk to them. Surely Ryanair is then be left to ‘shuffle the pack’ (moving planes around rather than growing)? Oil hit $109 today. With no growth, with airports still cut deals? Or will it need to find a new direction? Will O’Leary retire? Interesting times ahead.

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