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LONDON – Ryanair has this week (Sept 5) announced a significant expansion of their Poland operations, due to their recent successful launch of Ryanair Sun.

The carrier is offering 17 additional routes, bringing the total count from Poland to 210.

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These upgrades are set to bring the total passenger count from Poland to 12.5 million per annum, which is a 4% increase. 

Commenting on this expansion was Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary.

“Ryanair is pleased to launch our biggest ever Poland S 2019 schedule with 210 routes, including 17 new routes to exciting destinations such as Barcelona, Bordeaux, Hamburg, and Marseille.

Our S 2019 schedule will deliver 12.5m customers p.a. to/from our 13 Polish airports, all at the lowest fares, as we continue to grow Polish routes, traffic, tourism, and jobs.

Meanwhile, Ryanair hopes to double its traffic at Warsaw Modlin Airport from 3m to 6m customers p.a., which will create 2,250 new jobs in and around Modlin in the next five years.

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However, the growth and development of Modlin are being unfairly and unlawfully blocked by the competing Chopin Airport and its owners, PPL.

Ryanair has already lodged a complaint with the EU and has also made a written offer to co-finance or invest in any new infrastructural development at Modlin needed to allow it to grow and offer low fare choice and competition to high-cost Warsaw Chopin airport.”

On top of this, the Irish LCC will be basing two additional aircraft, one in Modlin and one in Krakow.

This comes following Polish traffic growing by 4%. The 17 new routes will operate as follows from Ryanair’s six Polish bases:

  • Modlin:
    • Amman
    • Kiev
    • Lviv
    • Marseille
  • Bydgoszcz
    • Glasgow
    • Kiev
  • Gdansk
    • Barcelona
    • Kiev
  • Krakow
    • Amman
    • Bordeaux
    • Hamburg
    • Kiev
    • Lviv
  • Poznan
    • Cork
    • Kiev
    • Stockholm
  • Wroclaw
    • Kiev

These new route additions will increase capacity by five million passengers per annum and will contribute to 9,000 on-site jobs per annum also.

Ryanair’s charter subsidiary, Ryanair Sun, has had a good start to the 2018 season, carrying over 700,000 customers.

It is said that the Polish subsidiary is negotiating a wider charter programme for the Summer schedule of 2019 with Poland’s leading tour companies.

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Overall, this is quite a big boost for the Polish market, with Ryanair further setting their feet into the country.

With affordable routes, no other travel company will be set to compete, but would rather work with the likes of Ryanair Sun.

It will be interesting to see what further success Ryanair Sun will have as we approach the annual reports next year.