Route launches (20 – 27 August)
Warsaw Chopin to Dublin
LOT Polish began Warsaw – Dublin on 23 August after a 13-year absence.
The 1,831-kilometre route is served four-weekly. While it initially uses 108-seat Embraer 195s, it’ll revert to 186-seat B737-800s for the winter.
OAG Traffic Analyser, using MIDT booking data, shows that just over 30,000 flew indirectly between the two capitals last year, clearly showing how demanded the route is.
LOT will see no direct competition, but it will compete indirectly with Ryanair’s eight-weekly Dublin – Warsaw Modlin, which began back in 2012.
Of course, LOT will also have connecting passengers, albeit limited in volume, as part of its traffic mix.
Aer Lingus previously operated Dublin – Warsaw for many years. Back in 2010, the carrier had 137,000 seats on the airport-pair, with a once-daily, year-round offering.
Route launches (A – Z by airline name)
LOT Polish began a brand-new route on 24 August, with the Wroclaw – Budapest taking off.
At 443 kilometres, Wroclaw – Budapest operates once-weekly and supplements the carrier’s existing Warsaw and Krakow routes from the Hungarian airport.
Wroclaw may seem an unusual route at such a low frequency, but 7,000 flew indirectly between the two last year, OAG Traffic Analyser, using MIDT booking data, shows.
While the carrier’s Embraer 195 will operate the initial two return trips, its 78-seat Dash-8-400s will operate it instead from September.
LOT has grown strongly at Budapest, with 606,000 two-way seats there last year, according to OAG schedules data.
With almost 10,000 indirect passengers, Budapest – Gdansk is a larger market than Wroclaw. Will it happen?