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