Low-cost airlines count on business passengers in winter

APA - Austria Presse Agentur
opublikowano: 04-10-2005, 13:57

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – No-frill airlines face difficult winter season. They can’t count on tourists, so they cancel some routes and launch others – directed to small business. London is the most popular route among all airlines flying from Poland. German cities will probably be added to the offer of low-cost airlines.

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – No-frill airlines face difficult winter season. They can’t count on tourists, so they cancel some routes and launch others – directed to small business. London is the most popular route among all airlines flying from Poland. German cities will probably be added to the offer of low-cost airlines.

There are many middle-sized and small companies in Poland and Germany, who work with each other. Such passengers need routes to smaller towns in both countries, moreover, they pay the fare themselves. Low-cost airline is therefore much more attractive to them, Tomasz Dziedzic from the Institute of Tourism explained.No-frill airlines offered also routes to the Poles looking for jobs abroad. That’s why they offer flights to Edinburg, Shannon or Dublin. Rynair, which is soon going to change the Polish airline market, introduces routes to Bydgoszcz, Rzeszow or Lodz. Barcelona, on the other hand, turned out to be a very seasonal route. Centralwings, SkyEurope and Wizz Air cancelled this flight. Neither was Prague a good choice (Centralwings resigned) or Athens (Wizz Air gave up). Airlines have several months to get ready for the next hot season.

We are cancelling summer routes to shift planes to other routes, Natasa Kamer, Wizz Air spokesperson said.

This airline is going to launch routes to Kovno.

Low-cost airlines like to risk. Wizz Air makes decisions and then changes them quickly. It has free planes so why not try, Tomasz Dziedzic evaluated.

Wizz Air sold its 2,000,000th ticket in August, and had nearly 200,000 passengers in July and August. The company estimates to have 25 percent of low-cost passengers in Hungary and 38 percent in Poland. Centralwings plans to have 700,000 passengers till the end of this year, or over 25 percent of LOT’s passengers. It forecasts to double the number next year. SkyEurope had 2m passengers. EasyJet had 56 percent of its passengers transported in the summer season: April-September 2004.

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