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LOT Polish Airlines to restore the New York route

LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will restore the Warsaw – New York (JFK) route in June 2022.

LOT Polish to operate a weekly Katowice – Varadero charter flight for Rainbow Tours

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH (msn 35943) (Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955977.

On Saturday, November 27, 2021 a new long-haul charter route was launched at Katowice Wojciech Korfanty Airport. Direct flights to Varadero, Cuba, will be handled once a week for Rainbow Tours. The route is handled by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner operated by LOT Polish Airlines (252 seats).

Varadero is the fourth direct long-haul charter route which launched at Katowice Airport in 2021. At the turn of February and March 2021, LOT Polish Airlines began handling weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico, and Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic, for Rainbow Tours.

TUI offers flights from Katowice Airport to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; they are also handled by LOT Polish Airlines’ Dreamliner. The route is handled every ten or eleven days.

During the biggest crisis in the history of aviation, which was caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the significance of charter flights has increased at Katowice Airport. During the pre-pandemic 2019, among 4.84 million passengers handled at Katowice Airport, approximately 2 million (41%) travelled on charter flights. After ten months of 2021, approximately 2 million passengers were noted in total traffic; charters constituted 60% of that result (approximately 1.2 million travelers).

Katowice Airport is the biggest regional cargo airport in Poland. In 2019, record breaking 4.84 million passengers flew via its network; 2 million of them travelled on charter flights. The forecast for 2020 assumed that 5.5 million travelers would be handled. Ultimately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, 1.44 million passengers travelled to/from Katowice Airport last year. The airport is the country leader in the area of charter traffic and the regional leader in the area of cargo traffic.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH (msn 35943) (Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955977.

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LOT Polish Airlines now flies to Dubai, will return to Miami

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

LOT Polish Airlines on September 26 launched the Warsaw – Dubai route with SP-LVA, a new route for the company.

An inaugural ceremony was conducted along with special items to celebrate the launch.

The route will be operated three days a week – Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

In other news, LOT Polish will return to Miami December 10, 2021 with three weekly Dreamliner flights.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

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Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N2015Z (SP-LSI) (msn 62177) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 954574.

Will become SP-LSI

Copyright Photo: New 787-9 for LOT: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N2015Z (SP-LSI) (msn 62177) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 954574.

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LOT Polish Airlines to fly to Dubai

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LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will be launching Warsaw – Dubai flights starting on September 19, 2021.

The routes will be served with Boeing 737-800s (top) and 787 Dreamliners (below).

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-89P WL SP-LWA (msn 30682) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 948297.

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LOT Polish Airlines receives EU and Polish government approvals for an aid package to keep it flying

LOT Polish Airlines issued this statement:

In the face of the biggest crisis in the history of the aviation industry, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland have approved an aid package for LOT amounting to PLN 2.9 billion. It consists of a PLN 1.8 billion loan and a PLN 1.1 billion of capital injection. Such financing of LOT was possible due to the good condition of the company before the pandemic.

LOT undertook to repay the major part of the aid amount together with subsidized interest rates, to the Polish Development Fund, which provided financing. Optimization of the carrier’s operations, reduction of leasing costs and the strategy implemented by LOT in recent years have resulted in a significant increase in profitability and the number of passengers carried. Therefore, even in such a serious crisis within the industry, the company can use repayable financing, which will be returned within six years from the profits generated.

“The main cost of the airlines’ operations are the lease payments for aircraft, which are paid to foreign financial institutions. Due to the crisis, we have negotiated a significant reduction so that we can apply for state aid and then work out its repayment as soon as possible” – says Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT. The airline is a driver for the economy, tourism and a guarantee of the country’s logistical security. Before the pandemic, we had been growing year on year in almost every category and generated record profits. We know how to get back on the path of intensive growth and we will do so – added Rafał Milczarski.

As a result of the pandemic, since mid-March 2020, passenger air traffic throughout Europe has been suspended for almost 3 months, which means billions in losses for each air carrier. The situation was even worse because of the exceptionally bad summer season and the restrictions imposed by European countries at the beginning of autumn. According to IATA forecasts, the aviation industry worldwide net loss will be USD $118 billion in 2020 and USD $38 billion in 2021. Global air traffic has decreased by 66% and it will take several years to recover. That is why the leading European carriers have asked for public aid, otherwise air traffic would disappear for years. LOT is the next airline in Europe to receive government aid as a result of the pandemic. The airlines operating in our region have received multi-billion support from their governments, some of them even up to the equivalent of PLN 50 billion.

Before the pandemic, LOT was a profitable company, generating profits every year. Since 2016, LOT has doubled its scale of operations, expanded its fleet from 45 to 80 aircraft and launched 80 new routes. In 2019, LOT carried a record 10 million passengers on board its aircraft. In 2020, LOT planned to launch long-haul flights to Washington and San Francisco, and to carry around 12 million passengers.

The fast growth of LOT and the entire aviation sector is of great importance to the Polish economy and labour market. According to the TOR report, LOT contributes to the creation of about 63.7 thousand jobs and about 0.56% of the national GDP (about PLN 12 billion per year), while the entire aviation sector generates about 242 thousand jobs and 2.4% of GDP in Poland.

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LOT Polish Airlines to relaunch Dublin flights on August 23

LOT Polish Airlines has made this announcement:

Commencing from August 23, 2020 the Poland’s flag carrier will start scheduled flights on the Warsaw-Dublin route. Connections from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Dublin will be operated four times a week by comfortable Boeing 737-800 NG LOT.

Flights from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Dublin will be operated from August 23 this year four times a week, in line with the following schedule:

LO 299   WAW-DUB 2:35pm – 4:35pm         Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

LO 300   DUB-WAW 5:50pm – 9:50 pm        Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

LOT is gradually restoring regular European destinations to its flight network. Since July 15, passengers are able to travel again to London, Berlin, Prague, Kyiv, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Milan, Geneva, Istanbul, Belgrade, or Tallinn. Cumulatively, in the ongoing summer season, along with the new connection to Ireland, LOT’s offer already includes as many as over 130 connections and over 70 destinations.

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LOT Polish Airlines to resume some European flights on July 1

LOT Polish Airlines has made this announcement:

LOT Polish Airlines will expand its route network with international flights from July 1. Passengers will be able to fly to selected Schengen countries, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Norway, as well as plan their holidays in Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria or Spain. The resumption of international flights is accompanied by the launch of new FLEX PLUS fares, offering even more flexible conditions for managing reservations.

This year’s July 1st will be a special date for travel lovers and those planning a foreign holiday. On this day, LOT will resume its first regular international passenger flights since their suspension on March 13. The flight schedule for the first two weeks of July includes primarily flights to the Schengen countries and popular holiday destinations. The route network of 20 European cities includes:

  • seven flights a week to Prague, Duesseldorf, Vilnius and Budapest;
  • six flights a week to Berlin;
  • five flights a week to Vienna, Brussels and Kiev (Boryspil Airport);
  • four flights a week to Amsterdam and Bucharest;
  • three flights a week to Barcelona, Tbilisi and Oslo;
  • two flights a week to Split and Dubrovnik;
  • at least one flight per week to Zadar, Podgorica, Corfu, Chania and Varna.

All international flights will be operated from Chopin Airport in Warsaw until July 14.

In addition, two connections from Budapest will return to the resumed LOT network – to Varna and Dubrovnik, operated once a week during the weekend. LOT will also maintain its existing schedule of over 30 domestic flights a day. Passengers will be able to conveniently transfer to any of the international flights in Warsaw. Tickets for all connections are already available in reservation systems, including our website lot.com

“For the first two weeks of July, the network of LOT’s international flights has been planned with passenger safety in mind, which is always a priority for us, and to ensure comfort during travel. Most of the proposed routes are to Schengen countries, which have a stable epidemic situation and at the same time have abolished the quarantine obligation and other restrictions for travellers coming from other countries. Our passengers can therefore plan their holidays, short recreational trips or business trips with confidence, knowing that they will be able to fully enjoy their journey abroad. At the same time, we strive to resume new directions and increase the frequency of flights. We are analysing the possibility of launching scheduled passenger flights to the United States, which we are currently carrying out as part of cargo transport”, said Rafał Milczarski, CEO and President of the Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines.

The safety rules are also maintained – all domestic and international flights of LOT will continue to be operated according to the #FlySafeFlyLOT procedure. To ensure the protection of travellers and onboard crews in the era of COVID-19, safety rules have been accompanying LOT passengers since June 1st . The key restrictions applicable both at the airport and on board each aircraft include maintaining the requisite socially distancing during check-in, and during the flight, the obligation to wear masks throughout the entire journey. There are also modifications in onboard flight service in accordance with the principle of limited contact between passengers and staff.

The Recommendations for travellers tab containing necessary information to help passengers prepare for their flights has been created at the lot.com website. A detailed description of the epidemic procedures introduced as part of the resumed LOT’s passenger flights is located in the #FlySafeFlyLOT tab.

New fares for more freedom of travel

Caring for the comfort of travel planning in the era of the pandemic, LOT also introduces additional facilities for its passengers. The existing offer has been extended by new FLEX PLUS fares, available on domestic, medium and long-haul flights in all booking classes except Premium on short-haul flights. FLEX PLUS fares are intended for direct flights available in LOT’s offer and will not apply in the case of international transit.

LOT’s response to the increased need for passenger reservation management is the first such flexible offer on the European market. If it is necessary to change plans, tickets purchased in FLEX PLUS fares can be exchanged, returned and also transferred to another person on preferential terms. The offer is available and going on sale beginning
June 17th.

“FLEX PLUS fares bring a new quality of travel in a pandemic. We understand the uncertainty and fears of our passengers, related to planning this year’s trips. That’s why we want to convince them that flying with LOT is both comfortable and safe. By offering more and more travel opportunities, we will also support their decisions in case of any change of plans. For this purpose, a new offer of FLEX PLUS fares was created. For the first time, we allow for such extensive changes in the booking – cancellation of a trip within 24 hours from the purchase of the ticket, change of passenger data and free choice of a new date of flight (subject to availability of seats), as well as reimbursement of the ticket on preferential terms”, said Rafał Milczarski.

The new FLEX PLUS fares offer an opportunity to:

  • change your travel date free of charge;
  • change the data on the ticket up to 48 hours before departure for a fee (250 PLN or 60 EUR for flights operated by LOT);
  • cancel the purchased ticket at a preferential price before the beginning of the journey (short-haul flights: 30 EUR/Economy FLEX PLUS and 65 EUR/Business FLEX PLUS, long-haul flights: 60 EUR/Economy FLEX PLUS and 100 EUR/Premium FLEX PLUS and Business FLEX PLUS);
  • cancel a ticket at a preferential price of 100 EUR also for passengers who do not show up on a flight;
  • choose your seat on the aircraft free of charge for all FLEX PLUS passengers, except Economy on long-haul flights.

Additionally, there is also the possibility of a free cancellation of a trip within 24 hours from the purchase of the ticket. For tickets purchased less than 24 hours prior to departure, cancellation is available free of charge, up to 6 (six) hours before the flight. The offer is valid for domestic and international flights within all of LOT’s fare classes and sales channels (tickets purchased at the lot.com website, at ticket offices, through the LOT Contact Centre and by travel agencies).

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LOT Polish Airlines to resume domestic operations

LOT Polish Airlines will resume passenger flights on June 1, 2020. For the first two weeks, flights will be operated to eight domestic airports. For the safety and comfort of passengers on board the aircraft, the #BezpiecznyLOT procedure, developed on the basis of recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspector and international industry organisations, will apply.

At the beginning, passengers will be able to fly LOT on the route:

  •  from Warsaw to Gdansk – up to three times a day;
  • from Warsaw to Krakow, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Wroclaw and Zielona Gora – up to twice a day;
  • from Krakow to Gdansk – once a day.

#BezpiecznyLOT procedure covers both the safety rules on board the aircraft and the entire path the passenger follows from the moment of arrival at the airport. Current information on epidemic procedures in force at the airports and on board LOT flights will be available at lot.com.

What is #BezpiecznyLOT on the plane?

LOT aircrafts are equipped with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate-Air) filters, which remove 99.9% of bacteria
and airborne viruses. In addition, the deck, overhead compartments and luggage compartments are regularly disinfected with special biocides.

Cabin crews serving passengers during the flight will be equipped with a range of protective measures, such as masks and gloves. All passengers travelling by LOT will be required to cover their mouths and noses with a mask throughout the flight. As part of on-board service, LOT will apply the “no contact” principle, limiting direct interaction between passengers and crew. Beverages and snacks will be served in individual packages.

In order to minimize contact and facilitate entry into the aircraft, passengers will be allowed to carry one piece of hand baggage in the dimensions 55 cm/40 cm/23 cm and an increased weight up to 10 kg. By one piece of luggage we mean a backpack, purse, laptop or shopping bag.

What is #BezpiecznyLOT at the airport?

LOT Polish Airlines in cooperation with the Management Board of Polish Airports, the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate and the directors of domestic airports have developed consistent safety procedures for flights. In accordance with IATA, EASA, EC or CAA guidelines, airports are going to i.a. control the temperature of passengers at the entrance to the terminals, isolate arriving and departing passengers, keep the distance in the gates and during boarding, limit the available infrastructure (shops, business lounges), offer the access to antibacterial agents and paid dispensers with protective masks and make it compulsory to cover up mouth and nose, introduced in Poland since April 16, 2020.

As part of limiting the contact between passengers and airport staff, LOT is also working on replacing the existing procedures with self-service mechanisms, including mandatory on-line check-in and self-service boarding. Detailed safety rules applicable at airports will be presented to passengers by May 25.

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LOT Polish Airlines extends its cancelled schedule until May 31

LOT Polish Airlines has made this announcement:

With regard to the current unstable situation on international aviation markets and numerous restrictions related to the movement of SARS-CoV-2 in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of LOT Polish Airlines has decided to extend the suspension of air services. All LOT’s passenger flights, domestic and international, scheduled until May 31, 2020, have been canceled.

The decision of the Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines canceling flights until May 31, 2020, is primarily dictated by numerous restrictions on business and tourist traffic within the European Union and other countries, including restrictive restrictions imposed on foreign travelers. At the same time, we are closely observing the changing local and international regulations concerning the opening of borders and the launch of infrastructure necessary to handle air traffic. We constantly estimate the potential for resuming passenger connections and create scenarios related to the demand for specific destinations. Due to the unstable situation on international markets and intensive preventive measures in the COVID-19 area, it is still too early to indicate specific dates for resuming passenger connections with LOT Polish Airlines.

Moreover, LOT Polish Airlines, as part of internal procedures, is working intensively on new safety standards for resuming flights. The analyzed scenarios include, among others, the introduction of the principle of “social distancing” on board of LOT aircrafts. Additional guidelines related to the protection of on-board crews or monitoring of passengers’ health are also considered, based on the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, EASA, and the procedures prepared and successfully implemented in Operation #LOTdoDomu.

Taking into account the comfort of our passengers in this difficult situation, we have modified the existing policy of ticket exchange. The flexible ability to manage reservations now includes a number of facilitations such as using the value of the ticket in the form of a voucher, the ability to plan a trip at a different time, or the possibility of re-routing. The time to make a decision has been extended to 12 months from the date of purchase of the ticket. A detailed offer is available on our website at lot.com. Due to a very large number of incoming applications and extended waiting times, we have also provided passengers with an electronic form, which enables them to register their applications on their own. Changes in the booking can also be made via LOT Contact Center and the agent from whom the ticket was purchased.

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