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Press article fom  03.09.2004

Air Polonia increases flights to Warsaw

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 3rd September 2004. In the winter timetable, from 31st October, Poland's first low-cost airline is increasing its flights from Frankfurt-Hahn to Warsaw from two to six connections per week. The reason for this is the increasing demand and the first promising passenger figures. 7100 passengers have used the Hahn route from the first flight in April up until today. To celebrate this, there are even more attractive tickets for travellers from Germany from 29 euros, which can be obtained with immediate effect from www.airpolonia.com or via the Warsaw telephone hotline +48 22 575 00 00 (in German) and from associated travel agents.


Right from the maiden flight in Germany from Frankfurt-Hahn to Warsaw on 5th April 2004, Jan Litwinski, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Air Polonia, forecast a trend towards cheap flights to Poland. "This trend is coming true. Our passenger figures from Germany are increasing", says Litwinski. From the day of the first flight up until today over 7100 passen-gers have been carried on the route Frankfurt-Hahn-Warsaw - a consider-able success for a young low-cost airline in just a very short time. Until now, Air Polonia has flown every Monday and Friday from Frankfurt-Hahn to Warsaw.

"We are even more pleased to provide flights nearly every day to Warsaw, as we see even more opportunities for development on the German market", says Litwinski about the plans for the winter season from Frankfurt-Hahn. For the winter timetable, starting on the 31st October, Air Polonia will then be flying daily - except Saturdays - from Frankfurt-Hahn at 10:00 arriv-ing in Warsaw at 11:40 and returning at 08:00 arriving at 09:35*.

"We naturally want to celebrate this with our passengers and, from today, we are offering even more attractive ticket prices from Frankfurt-Hahn from 29 euros per person, plus tax and duty*. Attractively priced, reliable and quickly to your destination; what more could one want?" says Karolina Hiz the airline's German representative. Conversely, this offer would also be very attractive for incoming travellers from Poland, who would prefer to fly at favourable rates than to drive expensively, as the flight tickets are avail-able already from 16 euros per person plus tax and duty.

Only recently, Jan Litwinski presented the overall financial results of his airline in Poland to substantiate its successful development. "We have been in the black for the first half of 2004. The basic activities (passenger and charter flights) have shown a net profit of 1.2 million zloty (260,000 euros)." The financial result achieved absolutely confirms the correctness of the airline's development strategy. Achieving profitability in the low-cast airline sector generally takes longer.
<7br> "It was clear to us from the start that with the management and concept of the airline, which is fully compatible with our concept, the success of Air Polonia was already marked out", says Jörg Schumacher, Managing Director of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. Together, the two partners expect a total of 12,000 passengers to Poland by the end of the year.

Further information on Air Polonia can be obtained at www.airpolonia.com or by e-mail from karolina.hiz@airpolonia.com and on the capital city, War-saw, at www.e-warsaw.pl/german or www.polen-info.de. Those interested can obtain more information on Frankfurt-Hahn Airport at www.hahn-airport.de.

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About Air Polonia
Air Polonia´s history goes back to the year 2001. It was then that the Polish air traffic au-thorities granted Air Polonia a licence to fly. Air Polonia initially started by transporting freight and offering training flights. The first Air Polonia Boeing 737-400 took to the skies on 1st April 2003. This was the start of passenger charter flights. Due to the brisk demand, Air Polonia then established itself as the first Polish airline to offer its passengers regular low-cost flights. The mission of Poland's first low-cost airline is ideally reflected in its advertising slogan: "cheap flying". Not only cheap, but also quality-conscious, punctual, safe and service-orientated is the airline's motto. Air Polonia's passenger fleet consists of a total of four Boeing 737-400 aircraft, the jet air-craft that is most widely found throughout the world. 168 passengers can be accommodated in a B737-400. Air Polonia also operates in the cargo area and likewise deploys B737-400s and an L410 UVP-E.


* Flight times and tariffs subject to change

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