OLT Express announces 17 new domestic routes in Poland; at least six of them will be operated with Airbus aircraft

Head on against LOT: Rafal Orłowski, Commercial Director OLT Express Poland; Jacek Łyczba, Board President OLT Express Poland; Jarosław Frankowski, Project Director OLT Express; Andrzej Dąbrowski, Board President OLT Express Regional; and Michał Swoboda, Board VP OLT Express Regional, announce a major expansion only weeks after OLT Jetair rebranded itself as OLT Express.

Head on against LOT: Rafal Orłowski, Commercial Director OLT Express Poland; Jacek Łyczba, Board President OLT Express Poland; Jarosław Frankowski, Project Director OLT Express; Andrzej Dąbrowski, Board President OLT Express Regional; and Michał Swoboda, Board VP OLT Express Regional, announce a major expansion only weeks after OLT Jetair rebranded itself as OLT Express. Huge capacity injection will be provided by a growing Airbus fleet, which is due to enter service this spring.

At a press conference earlier today, OLT Express announced 17 new routes to be launched as early as April 2012 connecting nine cities across Poland. Notably, at least six of the new connections will be operated with A319 and A320 aircraft, leading to a significant increase of domestic capacity in the country. All new routes will be operated with at least daily frequencies and scheduled to enable connecting opportunities.

Eight routes will compete directly with either LOT Polish Airlines or Eurolot. LOT might be particularly affected, as it will see four destinations out of its Warsaw hub confronted with steep capacity increases, as OLT Express employs its Airbus fleet on services to Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław and Szczecin. OLT Express will be LOT’s first ever competitor on domestic routes out of the capital and the new entrant does not consider relocating to Modlin once the airport opens later this year. In the case of Eurolot, only the service linking Gdańsk and Kraków will be served with A319 aircraft, although further three markets are set to see new competition.

Origin Destination WF A/c Competition (WF*, A/c)
Gdańsk (GDN) Szczecin (SZZ) 7 ATR42
Poznań (POZ) 10 A319
Wrocław (WRO) 10 ATR72 Eurolot (7, ATR)
Katowice (KTW) 5 ATR72
Kraków (KRK) 12 A319 Eurolot (12, ATR72)
Łódź (LCJ) 8 ATR42
Warsaw (WAW) 31 A320/A319 LOT Polish Airlines (48, eqv)
Poznań (POZ) Gdańsk (GDN) 10 A319
Warsaw (WAW) 10 A320 LOT Polish Airlines (26, eqv)
Wrocław (WRO) 17 ATR72
Katowice (KTW) 5 ATR72
Szczecin (SZZ) 12 ATR72 Eurolot (4, ATR72)
Kraków (KRK) 17 ATR72 Eurolot (6, ATR72)
Wrocław (WRO) Gdańsk (GDN) 10 A319 Eurolot (7, eqv)
Kraków (KRK) 17 ATR72
Warsaw (WAW) 27 A320/A319 LOT Polish Airlines (40, eqv)
Łódź (LCJ) 10 ATR72
Poznań (POZ) 12 ATR72
Warsaw (WAW) Wrocław (WRO) 27 A320/A319 LOT Polish Airlines (40, eqv)
Gdańsk (GDN) 31 A320/A319 LOT Polish Airlines (48, eqv)
Poznań (POZ) 10 A320/A319 LOT Polish Airlines (26, eqv)
Szczecin (SZZ) 16 A320/A319 LOT Polish Airlines (17, eqv)
Kraków (KRK) Gdańsk (GDN) 12 A319 Eurolot (12, ATR72)
Wrocław (WRO) 17 ATR72
Poznań (POZ) 17 ATR72 Eurolot (6, ATR72)
Katowice (KTW) Gdańsk (GDN) 5 ATR72
Rzeszów (RZE) 5 ATR72
Poznań (POZ) 5 ATR72
Szczecin (SZZ) Gdańsk (GDN) 7 ATR42
Poznań (POZ) 17 ATR72 Eurolot (4, ATR72)
Warsaw (WAW) 16 A319 LOT Polish Airlines (17, ATR)
Łódź (LCJ) Gdańsk (GDN) 8 ATR42
Wrocław (WRO) 10 ATR72
Rzeszów (RZE) Katowice (KTW) 5 ATR72
Source: anna.aero new route database and OAG Schedules iNET
**WF: Weekly Frequency for w/c 13 February 2012

Fully Polish-owned OLT Express includes OLT Express Regional (formerly OLT Jetair), OLT Express Poland (formerly Yes Airways) and OLT Express Germany (formerly OLT). OLT Jetair was founded last year following the acquisition of both the Polish JetAir and the German OLT by a private investor; Yes Airways, a Polish charter operator was added in November 2011. As recently as last month, the carrier rebranded itself as OLT Express.

What they said

In Warsaw, Rafał Orłowski, Board Member OLT Express, described the venture as “a large project, which involves connecting Poland’s main airports directly and not via Warsaw, which was the case to date”, while Jarosław Frankowski, OLT’s Project Director assured, that the airline “does not aim at biting into LOT’s or Eurolot’s customer base, but wants to attract people, who would otherwise have used rail or road transport”.


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