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Ryanair brings new Polish air traffic legislation to EC – The First News

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Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has complained to the European Commission about legislation that could cut flights to and from Warsaw from May 1, as it believes the list of priority destinations unfairly favors the Polish national company LOT.

Ryanair wrote in a statement on Tuesday regarding the April 25 legislation that the Polish Prime Minister had arbitrarily chosen 32 routes, operated from Warsaw, to ensure them priority status if capacity at Warsaw airports deteriorates after May 1. .

The Irish carrier said Ryanair was Poland’s largest airline and its key destinations such as Stockholm and Milan were not included in the list of priority routes while non-essential destinations from LOT (Polish state-owned airline) as Vilnius, Berlin and Szczecin had been.

Ryanair added that it had been threatened with liquidation of 55 routes out of Warsaw, out of a total of 57, and that LOT would in effect become a monopoly under illegal government legislation.

Poland could drastically reduce flights to and from Warsaw from May 1 if a dispute with air traffic controllers over pay and conditions is not resolved.

Nearly 90% of air traffic controllers in Warsaw have decided to resign rather than accept new working rules. Some have already left and the notice period for others ends on April 30.

Under the new legislation, from May 1, Chopin and Modlin international airports would only be operational from 09:30 to 17:00 local time due to a lack of air traffic controllers.