Ryanair Boosts Katowice & Poznan: Modlin Reduced

Ryanair Boosts Katowice & Poznan: Modlin Reduced
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Ryanair will boost operations out of Katowice and Poznan for the Summer, but will be reducing it’s presence in Warsaw Modlin significantly.

The Irish low-cost carrier has had to make relevant adjustments to ensure Poland remains a strong market for them.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Base Expansion in Katowice & Poznan…

Ryanair Boosts Katowice & Poznan: Modlin Reduced
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Starting off with Poznan, Ryanair will launch the Summer 2024 schedule with 38 routes, offering 250 weekly flights.

Of the 38 routes, six are new, which are as follows:

  • Copenhagen
  • Dubrovnik
  • Malaga
  • Palermo
  • Prague
  • Thessaloniki

One additional aircraft will be based in Poznan, with Ryanair having four based total there.

The Irish low-cost carrier expects traffic to grow by 57% to 1.4 million passengers.

As for Katowice, Ryanair will have 20 routes on offer, offering a total of 160 weekly flights.

Of the 20 routes, five are new, with them being the following:

  • Alicante
  • Bari
  • Malta
  • Rome Fiumicino
  • Zadar

One additional aircraft will be based in Katowice as well as Poznan, with traffic expected to grow by 50% to one million passengers annually.

Aircraft Withdrawn from Warsaw Over “Unnecessary Cuts”…

Ryanair Boosts Katowice & Poznan: Modlin Reduced
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Within it’s $4.2bn growth plan for Poland, Ryanair also broke some news regarding operations at Warsaw Modlin.

Due to the airline not growing out of the airport, of which the airline blames the operator’s shareholders, two aircraft have been withdrawn.

This is where we are seeing the additional aircraft based each in Poznan and Katowice.

In a statement, Ryanair said the following on Warsaw Modlin:

“Shareholders of Modlin Airport should intervene immediately, as over the last year the appointed management team has only supervised the loss of one million seats and cancellations/frequency reductions on over 40 routes (including important European connections such as London, Dublin, Vienna, Milan and Copenhagen).”

“Despite completely unnecessary cuts in Modlin, Ryanair reaffirms its commitment to expanding its network and access to cheap travel for Polish consumers.”

“The carrier will deliver a +10% increase in passenger traffic (18 million passengers) to Poland this summer, operating over 2,000 flights per week to and from Poland on 30 new routes (300 in total) and using 42 based aircraft (investment of USD 4.2 billion), supporting over 13 thousand jobs.”

Jason McGuinness, the Chief Commercial Director of Ryanair added to this saying:

“Shareholders of Modlin Airport must now intervene or risk further, inevitable reductions in the flight network, loss of jobs and economic benefits for the Masovian region.”

“Modlin Airport must focus on providing effective, low-cost infrastructure to restore much-needed traffic growth in Masovia.”


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It remains clear that Ryanair has invested very well into Poland, with the boosts to Katowice & Poznan highlighting this.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on Warsaw Modlin to see if a change in tact will be implemented.

An airline like the Irish low-cost carrier is an important one to have, especially in the context of low fares.

But for now, let’s see what happens throughout 2024 with this issue.

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