Centralwings drops UK flights

1 Sep 2008 by Mark Caswell

Centralwings, the
low-cost subsidiary of LOT Polish Airlines, is dropping all scheduled flights
to and from the UK and Ireland from September 14, and will become a
charter-only airline from the end of the month.

The carrier’s
website confirms that its London-Warsaw, London-Krakow, Edinburgh-Gdansk,
Edinburgh-Warsaw, Dublin-Gdansk and Dublin-Warsaw will all terminate on Sunday
September 14, with all scheduled flights suspended from the end of September
“until further notice”.

In an online
statement, the president for the management board of Centralwings, Tomasz Szymczak said:

“In the [current] situation where the field
of aviation in the whole world is affected by the general slowdown, we have
decided to undertake steps which are supposed to improve the company’s
profitability, which is the ultimate priority.”

Passengers travelling from London still
have the option of flying with several carriers to Warsaw, including LOT (from
Heathrow rather than Centralwing’s base at Gatwick), Easyjet (Luton), British
Airways (Gatwick and London City) and Wizzair (Luton). London-Krakow options
include Ryanair from Stansted, BA from Gatwick, and Easyjet from both Luton and Gatwick.

But it’s passengers based in Scotland who will lose out, as there
are no alternative flights from Edinburgh to Gdansk or Warsaw.
Ryanair serves Gdansk from Dublin, while both Ryanair and Aer Lingus ply
the Dublin-Warsaw route.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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