Articles Tagged ‘LOT’
Ryanair usurps LOT as leading international carrier; regional airports now handle more than 50% of all Polish traffic
We last looked at Poland in detail some 18 months ago. Since then LOT has slipped from first to third among carriers on international routes. Which carriers (and airports) have flourished and which have seen their fortunes wane?
Wroclaw’s traffic has boomed in recent years thanks to low-cost carriers, especially Ryanair. Which routes have been started (and dropped) in the last year? Which two country markets account for 60% of traffic? Which other carriers have flights at the airport?
LCCs set up by legacy carriers have had little success over the years and LOT appears to be despairing of its own attempt, Centralwings. Last week the summer schedule was radically revamped with many routes axed. The Polish LCC market is highly competitive and Wizz Air, Ryanair and easyJet make for tough competition.
Poland’s biggest airport has been generating double-digit growth for the last four years. But because the regional airports are growing even faster its share of Polish airport traffic has now fallen to below 50% for the first time. How dominant is LOT and which LCCs are providing the most competition? Which destinations offer a choice of three or more airlines?
In just over a year Norwegian has grown to become the third largest carrier at Poland’s gateway airport in Warsaw. Two aircraft are based there and this winter sees the launch of new routes to Munich, Paris, Salzburg and Stavanger. What competition does Norwegian face on its routes and how cheap are fares for imminent travel? We investigate.
Of all the recent countries to join the EU, Poland had by far the biggest population. With liberalisation LCCs have rushed in and growth at Poland’s airports in the last three years has been exceptional. Which airports have grown fastest? What share does Warsaw now have of total traffic? Which carriers are the largest at each of the regional airports?