Ryanair called on the Polish Government to reform the management of its airports by abolishing rigid centralised tariffs which place regional airports at a disadvantage and hinders their ability to grow. Ryanair also called on the government to open a secondary airport for Warsaw in Modlin, which would significantly increase competition, and lower airfares for all passengers and visitors to Warsaw.
If such reforms are made, Polish consumers would enjoy massive improvements in low fare access to and from the regions allowing tourism and business to prosper through increased visitor numbers. Ryanair alone would deliver an increase in traffic from 1.6M to 10M passengers p.a. supporting 10,000 Polish jobs within 5 years.
Speaking in Warsaw, Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO said:
“Poland has already benefited enormously from the growth that Ryanair low fares have brought but if this is to continue, the Polish Government must introduce significant reform of its outdated airport system.
“Regional airports in Poland must be allowed to fulfil their potential as wealth and job creators in their regions but they can not do this when their costs are controlled centrally in Warsaw, restricting their capacity to compete for new business.
“We are also calling on the Polish Government to open a secondary airport for Warsaw at the ex military base in Modlin. All over Europe secondary competing airports around major cities have been hugely beneficial in driving down airfares and increasing visitor numbers to capital cities.
“Ryanair is committed to reducing the cost of travel for Polish consumers and visitors. We can only do this if regional Polish airports are freed to compete on a level playing field for growth. To show we are serious about delivering growth in Poland if reforms are implemented, Ryanair is today offering 100,000 seats on 18 of its Polish routes for 1 zloty* on www.ryanair.com. In addition, the first 100 people who email messages of support for reform in Polish airports to [email protected] will receive a free flight**”.