Tuesday, June 16, 2009
EasyJet moves out of Warsaw
Low-cost carrier EasyJet has decided to withdraw its operations from Warsaw as of July 6 citing high airport fees as a reason. In a recent letter to the editor published by the Polish edition of Newsweek, Oliver Aust, head of corporate affairs at EasyJet Airline Co. Ltd, explained that the move was forced by an increase of airport taxes by the Polish Airports State Enterprise, the operator of Warsaw airport. According to Aust, the increase is aimed at helping LOT Polish Airlines, Warsaw airport main user, to eliminate the competition in Poland's capital. "Accepting the fee increase would mean that our passengers would have to bear additional ticket costs, which in fact would subsidize LOT, and for that we cannot agree," Aust wrote.