The Lithuania-based leisure carrier outran its competitors Enter Air and Travel Service in 2017.
Lithuania-based carrier Small Planet Airlines is now the number-one airline in the charter market in Poland, one of Europe’s biggest markets for short-haul outbound leisure travel, according to data from the Polish Civil Aviation Authority.
The leisure carrier, which is also growing its presence in the Nordic and German markets among others, and which aims to be the Baltics’ biggest airline this year, outran the previous market leader Enter Air by number of passengers transferred from Polish airports on both domestic and international routes in 2017.
Small Planet carried 1.22 million passengers last year, an increase of 39% compared to 2016, boosting its share of the charter market from 24% to 30%.
It transported exactly 1,222,709 passengers, giving it a market share of 29.97%. Enter Air carried 1,122,112 passengers, giving it a market share of 27.5%. And third-placed Travel Service took 1,067,064 passengers, with a market share of 26.15%.
Operating four AOCs, in Poland, Lithuania, Germany and Cambodia, Small Planet transferred 2.7 million passengers in total in 2017.
It is planning to fly 240 routes from 15 European bases this summer, increasing its European fleet to 28 aircraft, namely 20 A320s and eight A321s. Its Polish subsidiary operates 11 of these aircraft.
“Small Planet Airlines commenced operations in 2008 with only two old Boeing B737s in its fleet”, said Jarosław Jeschke, chief executive of Small Planet Airlines Poland.
“Today we carry eight times more passengers per year with a fleet that is ten times as big. We are very glad to be announced as the leader in the Polish charter market, especially after being awarded as the best charter airline in Poland for two years in a row.”