The low-cost French-Dutch airline Transavia has begun flying between Krakow and Paris.
Transavia’s Vice President Helene Abraham said it is the airline’s only route to Poland. And it will remain that way, the Polish Press Agency said.
The reason is that Transavia’s parent, Air France-KLM, does not want the low-cost carrier competing with it on other routes. Air France-KLM already serves the rest of Poland’s major cities.
“Thanks to the new connection, French people will be able to discover this beautiful city, and we will take Polish people to the capital of France as well,”Abraham told the Polish Press Agency.
The airline’s Boeing 737-800s have 186 seats. They fly to Krakow three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Krakow’s French consul, Pascal Vagogne, predicts that the new connection will make Krakow more popular with French tourists. Only 8 percent of the city’s tourists last year were French, the Polish Press Agency said.
Transavia is the 21st carrier to serve the Krakow- Balice airport. Last year the facility handled 2.4 mln passengers.
Transavia offers 67 flights a week from Paris to a dozen destinations, including cities in Italy , Spain, Greece, Morocco and Tunisia. It has about 164 employees.