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Ryanair cuts 11 routes to Poland

Ryanair has become the latest airline to cut services to Poland, by axing 11 of its routes from next month.

The cancelled services include those from Bristol, Birmingham, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Luton and Liverpool.

The airline blames the “unacceptable increase in navigation charges” in Poland for the decision.

“These charges, which have increased by almost 1,000 per cent, make many Polish routes unattractive for passengers and directly impact on Ryanair’s ability to offer the low fares which passengers’ demand, especially during the current economic climate,” said a spokesman. “Ryanair continuously revises its route network in order to offer our passengers the lowest fares across 26 countries.”

The volume of passengers flying between the UK and Poland has slumped over the past year, as the pound has weakened against the zloty. This has reduced British visitors heading to the East European country as well as Polish migrant workers from coming to the UK. In the last year, a fifth of all seat capacity has been removed from both the UK and Irish markets.


Ryanair’s follows that of other airlines. EasyJet cut seven routes from the UK to Poland in the last year. Wizz Air has stopped its flights to Katowice from Bournemouth and Coventry and Bmibaby has cut its services from Cardiff to Warsaw. Sky Europe ended all its flights from the UK to Poland at the end of 2007. Meanwhile Centralwings now only operates charter flights.