Category Archives: LOT Polish Airlines

LOT Polish to open new seasonal routes

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) on June 7 2020 will be launching two new seasonal routes from Budapest – Dubrovnik and Varna.

The carrier is also launching a new connection between Warsaw and Ostrava on March 31, 2020.

LOT Polish will also launch new weekly seasonal routes from Warsaw to Tirana, Albania on June 1, 2020.

The flag carrier will also launch weekly seasonal flights from Warsaw and Rijeka, Croatia on June 7.

LOT will also be discontinuing Warsaw – Pula service.

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LOT Polish Airlines launches a seasonal route to Colombo

LOT Polish Airlines on November 3 launched a seasonal route to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The nine-hour flight Boeing 787 will operate three days a week until March 28, 2020.

Photos: LOT Polish Airlines.

LOT Polish Airlines to fly the Kraków – New York route

LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will add a new nonstop route from Kraków to New York (JFK) starting in May 2020.

The new route will operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Kraków Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York starting on May 3, 2020 and will be operated once a week:

LO 019 KRK-JFK 18:45-22:30 Sunday
LO 020 JFK-KRK 00:15-14:50 Sunday

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LOT Polish to develop Budapest as a secondary hub

LOT Polish Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) SP-LND (msn 19000516) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945847.

LOT Polish Airlines is developing Budapest, Hungary as a secondary hub. The airline is adding five new routes from the Hungarian capital.

On September 22, 2019, LOT will add a new a long-range route from Budapest to Seoul, South Korea. This route will operate three days a week.

The carrier is also adding European routes from Budapest to Belgrade, Prague, Sofia and Stuttgart.

Three Embraer E-Jets will be based at Budapest for the new European routes.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): LOT Polish Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) SP-LND (msn 19000516) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945847.

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LOT Polish Airlines to fly to Seoul

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LOT Polish Airlines will launch a new long-haul route from Budapest to Seoul (Incheon) on September 22, 2019.

The new route will be operated Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft three days a week.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRF (msn 35942) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 937090.

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Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network

Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, have announced the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network.

Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:

From Warsaw From Istanbul
Krakow Ankara Bahrain
Gdansk Izmir Beirut
Szczecin Adana Baghdad
Poznan Antalya Dubai
Wroclaw Dalaman Kuwait
Katowice Amman Budapest
Rzeszow Cairo Johannesburg

Passengers will also enjoy both domestic and international connections from Istanbul. Moreover, taking into account the complementary structure of timetables of both carriers and agreement working reciprocally, it will allow both airlines’ customers to enjoy seamless connectivity in their respective hubs.

LOT Polish Airlines and Turkish Airlines passengers have also benefit of accruing and redeeming miles in their respective loyalty programs, Miles&More and Miles&Smiles on all flights of both carriers.

 

Nordica to retire its brand, will hand over ticket sales to LOT, will only continue operating flights for LOT

Nordica (Adria Airways) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACG (msn 15277) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 935492.

Nordica has made this dramatic announcement that will retire the Nordica brand:

Nordica and LOT have signed a renewed cooperation agreement under which LOT will take over the management of ticket sales and customer service and Nordica will focus solely operating flights.

As a result of the reorganization, five unprofitable routes will be suspended from the end of October until an improvement in the competitive situation is seen. Flights will continue from Tallinn to Stockholm, Brussels and Warsaw, which will be serviced by LOT from the  July 1, 2019.

According to Kristi Ojakäär, a member of Nordica’s Management Board, this is a forward-looking business decision. “Nordica has a duty to ensure the airline’s profitability and sustainability – this is what the ownership expects of us. Strong competition and oversupply of seats on Tallinn routes do not allow us to operate profitably, today. In order to maintain readiness and our ability to provide the necessary regional air connections to Estonia in the future, Nordica will continue to provide air services and LOT will deal with routes and ticket sales and will carry the commercial risk,” explained Ojakäär.

“Until today, Nordica had been carrying the commercial risk on all Tallinn routes and had simultaneously provided the air services. In foreign markets, however, we have been performing the role of a direct air service provider for several years, leaving the commercial risk to the vendor. We will now implement this model in all markets,” said Ojakäär.

The total volume of Nordica’s flights and the number of crew working for the airline will not decrease. At the same time, Nordica, who has so far used LOT’s ticketing system, will start developing its own commercial platform to ensure readiness for independent ticketing in the future.

According to Ojakäär, there are so many new routes and flying opportunities out of Tallinn that the situation is better than ever. “According to the current flight plan, Tallinn Airport has direct connections to 37 destinations. Being a local airline, Nordica has most certainly contributed to expanding the market, having offered strong competition to foreign companies,” said Ojakäär.

Rearrangement will have the highest impact on passengers who travel from Tallinn to Trondheim, as no other airline will be able to serve this direct connection as of October 26, 2019.

Other Nordica destinations will be served by LOT, SAS, Wizz Air, Norwegian and AirBaltic after this date. Ojakäär gave assurances that tickets to the routes that are to be closed can be purchased up until the October 26. Customers who have bought a ticket for Nordic flights after the October 26 will be offered alternative flight options or cash refunds.

Founded in 2015, Nordic Aviation Group AS (Nordica) has grown to become Estonia’s largest airline. Since 2016, Nordica has been cooperating with LOT Polish Airlines. Regional Jet, a subsidiary of Nordica (51%) and LOT (49%), provides air services to LOT, Nordica, SAS, Air Serbia, Flyby and various contract partners in Europe. Regional Jet operates 19 aircraft and carries about 2 million passengers per year, employing more than 500 aviation specialists in Estonia and abroad.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Nordica (Adria Airways) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACG (msn 15277) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 935492.

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