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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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LOT Polish Airlines suspends all connections for 10 days

LOT Polish Airlines has made this announcement:

Following the decision of the government of Poland to suspend international air traffic, which has been caused by the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, all LOT connections, from both Poland and Hungary, will be suspended as of March 15, 2020 for a period of 10 days.

We will keep you informed about all changes.

Because of a large amount of questions we kindly ask all passengers who booked flights for the next few days and want to cancel or change the date of reservations to contact us in the first place.

Previously the airline made this announcement:

Due to the continuous spread of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, as well as a lower global demand for travels, LOT Polish Airlines has made decisions regarding selected medium- and long-haul connections.

Due to the continuous spread of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, as well as a lower global demand for travels, LOT Polish Airlines has made decisions regarding selected medium- and long-haul connections:

  • Flights from Warsaw to Milan and Venice – will continue to be suspended until April 3;
  • Flights from Budapest to Seoul – will continue to be suspended until April 8;
  • Flights from Warsaw to Beijing – will continue to be suspended until April 25;
  • The frequency of individual flights to Tel Aviv from Warsaw and other regional airports in Poland – will be reduced until April 24;
  • Flights from Warsaw and Budapest to London-City; from Kraków to Bucharest; and from Warsaw to Zaporizhia – will be suspended in the upcoming days until April 24;
  • The launch of flights from Warsaw to Ostrava – will be postponed to September 1.
  • Additionally: the frequency of flights on selected medium and long-haul routes will be reduced – until April 24.

We are monitoring the costs of the coronavirus impact on our flight operations. Further operational decisions will be made based on the global epidemiological situation development.

Passengers are being informed about all changes in their travels on an ongoing basis. To meet the expectations of our customers, we have introduced a flexible travel policy – passengers who purchase tickets by March 31, for flights in the period of March 6 – April 24, may change their reservation free of charge for flights by the end of the year. Passengers may obtain more information at the LOT Contact Center.

We remain in constant contact with the representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, as well as with other airlines. We have also introduced restrictive procedures and additional security measures on board aircraft in order to provide our passengers and employees with the highest level of security.

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LOT Polish Airlines extends its Chinese cancellations until late March

LOT Polish Airlines has made this announcement:

The Management Board of LOT Polish Airlines decided to prolong the suspension of all flights between Warsaw and Beijing until March 28, 2020. The decision results from concerns for the safety of Passengers and members of the Crews of LOT Polish Airlines.

At the same time, we are closely monitoring the epidemiological situation all around the world and staying in touch with representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate.

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Polish Aviation Group (PGL), the owner of LOT Polish Airlines, announces the acquisition of Condor

Polish Aviation Group (PGL), the owner of LOT Polish Airlines (LOT), announces the acquisition of Condor, putting a successful end to the protective shield proceedings.

  • PGL will ensure continued stability and certainty for customers, partners and employees
  • The combination of LOT and Condor within PGL creates one of the leading European aviation groups with Germany and Poland as core markets
  • Condor will become the centre of PGL’s leisure strategy with a focus on growth in Germany as well as adjacent markets, building one of the leading European leisure airlines
  • Going forward, Condor will continue to operate under the leadership of its successful management team and with its own brand as Germany’s most popular leisure airline, offering the same quality, service and reliability to its customers
  • The bridge financing provided by the KfW and guaranteed by the German Federal Government and the State of Hessen will be repaid in full

“The acquisition of Condor fits perfectly into PGL’s strategy. It also secures the future of Condor and offers stability and great opportunities to its employees, customers and business partners. We want to develop Condor’s iconic brand in Germany and also introduce it to other markets in Europe. We wholeheartedly welcome all Condor employees to the PGL family and invite them to build together one of the greatest aviation groups in Europe,” says Rafał Milczarski, President of the Management Board of PGL.

 

“We are pleased that Condor, Germany’s most popular leisure airline, has gained in PGL and LOT stable, experienced and dynamically developing partners who secure the future of our business. Together we will serve twice as many passengers, thus forming one of the largest aviation groups and the leading leisure airline group in Europe. Our partners and customers can safely plan their holiday flights with Condor,” says Ralf Teckentrup, Chief Executive Officer Condor.

The combination of LOT and Condor will create one of the leading European aviation groups carrying about 20 million passengers per year. Condor will continue to act under its current leadership while gaining from expanded connectivity and operational synergies between the airlines. Condor customers will continue to benefit from the quality, service and reliability of Condor, which have made the company the premier brand for leisure travel and the preferred partner for tour operators in Germany and beyond.

 

The offer to acquire Condor submitted by PGL has been selected as the most attractive for Condor, its employees, partners, suppliers and customers. The transaction is expected to close by April 2020 once customary antitrust approvals are obtained and Condor exits the protective shield proceedings. PGL’s investment will allow Condor to fully repay the loan received from KfW.

 

PGL is the leading aviation company in Central and Eastern Europe. PGL owns LOT Polish Airlines – one of the oldest and fastest growing carriers in Europe, with two dynamically developing hubs in Warsaw and Budapest. LOT operates on more than 120 routes with a strong footprint in Central and Eastern Europe, including 18 long-haul connections to North America and Asia. In 2019, LOT carried more than 10 million passengers, more than twice as many as 4 years before. It operates a fleet of 80 aircraft including 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. PGL group generated revenues of around 1.9 billion euros in 2019.

 

Condor has been flying its guests to the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world since 1956. Every year, around 9.4 million passengers fly with Condor from eight German airports to around 90 destinations in Europe, Africa and America. In the 2018/19 financial year, Condor Flugdienst generated an operating profit of around 57 million euros and sales of around 1.7 billion euros. Condor operates a fleet of more than 50 aircraft, which are maintained by its subsidiary Condor Technik according to the highest safety standards at its Frankfurt and Düsseldorf locations. According to a survey conducted by the German Institute for Service Quality on behalf of the news channel n-tv, Condor has repeatedly been named Germany’s most popular holiday airline for many years.

Condor Flugdienst issued this statement:

  • Polish Aviation Group (PGL), the owner of LOT Polish Airlines (LOT), announces the acquisition of Condor, putting a successful end to the protective shield proceedings
  • PGL will ensure continued stability and certainty for customers, partners and employees
  • The combination of LOT and Condor within PGL creates one of the leading European aviation groups with Germany and Poland as core markets
  • Condor will become the centre of PGL’s leisure strategy with a focus on growth in Germany as well as adjacent markets, building one of the leading European leisure airlines
  • Going forward, Condor will continue to operate under the leadership of its successful management team and with its own brand as Germany’s most popular leisure airline, offering the same quality, service and reliability to its customers
  • The bridge financing provided by the KfW and guaranteed by the German Federal Government and the State of Hessen will be repaid in full

“The acquisition of Condor fits perfectly into PGL’s strategy. It also secures the future of Condor and offers stability and great opportunities to its employees, customers and business partners. We want to develop Condor’s iconic brand in Germany and also introduce it to other markets in Europe. We wholeheartedly welcome all Condor employees to the PGL family and invite them to build together one of the greatest aviation groups in Europe,” says Rafał Milczarski, President of the Management Board of PGL.

“We are pleased that Condor, Germany’s most popular leisure airline, has gained in PGL and LOT stable, experienced and dynamically developing partners who secure the future of our business. Together we will serve twice as many passengers, thus forming one of the largest aviation groups and the leading leisure airline group in Europe. Our partners and customers can safely plan their holiday flights with Condor,” says Ralf Teckentrup, Chief Executive Officer Condor.

The combination of LOT and Condor will create one of the leading European aviation groups carrying about 20 million passengers per year. Condor will continue to act under its current leadership while gaining from expanded connectivity and operational synergies between the airlines. Condor customers will continue to benefit from the quality, service and reliability of Condor, which have made the company the premier brand for leisure travel and the preferred partner for tour operators in Germany and beyond.

The offer to acquire Condor submitted by PGL has been selected as the most attractive for Condor, its employees, partners, suppliers and customers. The transaction is expected to close by April 2020 once customary antitrust approvals are obtained and Condor exits the protective shield proceedings. PGL’s investment will allow Condor to fully repay the loan received from KfW.

PGL is the leading aviation company in Central and Eastern Europe. PGL owns LOT Polish Airlines – one of the oldest and fastest growing carriers in Europe, with two dynamically developing hubs in Warsaw and Budapest. LOT operates on more than 120 routes with a strong footprint in Central and Eastern Europe, including 18 long-haul connections to North America and Asia. In 2019, LOT carried more than 10 million passengers, more than twice as many as 4 years before. It operates a fleet of 80 aircraft including 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. PGL group generated revenues of around 1.9 billion euros in 2019.

Condor has been flying its guests to the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world since 1956. Every year, around 9.4 million passengers fly with Condor from eight German airports to around 90 destinations in Europe, Africa and America. In the 2018/19 financial year, Condor Flugdienst generated an operating profit of around 57 million euros and sales of around 1.7 billion euros. Condor operates a fleet of more than 50 aircraft, which are maintained by its subsidiary Condor Technik according to the highest safety standards at its Frankfurt and Düsseldorf locations. According to a survey conducted by the German Institute for Service Quality on behalf of the news channel n-tv, Condor has repeatedly been named Germany’s most popular holiday airline for many years.

Condor will retain its brand and name.

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LOT Polish Airlines is coming to Washington Dulles

LOT Polish Airlines has made this announcement:

Starting on June 2, 2020, LOT Polish will connect two capital cities – Warsaw and Washington, D. C.!

The nonstop flight will be operated three times a week (on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday) on board a very comfortable Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Avion Express to wet lease four Airbus A320s to LOT Polish Airlines

Avion Express has announced it has landed an agreement to wet-lease four Airbus A320s to LOT Polish Airlines.

Previously LOT Polish Airlines announced new flights for summer 2020:

In Summer 2020 LOT will add new holiday destinations to its growing flight network from Budapest. Starting from June 2020, passengers will be able to fly directly from Hungary to Dubrovnik and Varna.

From May 6, 2020 the number of frequencies between Budapest and Seoul will be increased to four per week. The additional frequency will ensure even more convenient flight schedule for passengers travelling between Hungary and South Korea both for leisure and in business.

OT’s second hub. In a few months time, not only we will increase the number of frequencies on Budapest-New York route up to 7 flights per week – already in May, we will add another weekly frequency on our first route from Budapest to Asia. Launched in September this year, flights between Budapest and Seoul have been a huge success. Until today, the route have recorded an average load factor of 85%, which is the best evidence that passengers both from South Korea and Hungary recognize the convenience of the just started direct connections offered by LOT.

In the coming summer season, LOT also adjusts selected flights’ timelines. Due to Boeing 737 MAXs being still grounded and consequent lack of aircraft, LOT had to temporarily adjust frequencies on some of its short-haul flights between March 30 until May 26, 2020 (Stuttgart, Sofia, Bucharest will be lowered to 6 flights per week; Brussels – to 7 times per week). The flights to Prague and Belgrade will be launched on May 27, 2020. Thus, in the summer season, passengers from Hungary will be able to fly in total to as many as 13 destinations.

In summer season, the number of flights operated by LOT from the capital of Hungary will total 13 – passengers will fly directly to Warsaw, Krakow, London City (LCY), Bucharest, Brussels, Stuttgart, Prague, Belgrade, Sofia, Dubrovnik and Varna as well as New York City (JFK) and Seoul Incheon (ICN). To operate its newly announced European flights, additional LOT’s Embraer 195s will be permanently based in Budapest. The carrier’s fleet base in Budapest will amount to four short-haul aircraft and two Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Currently, LOT’s cabin crew operating nonstop flights from Budapest totals 80 flight attendants and a dozen Hungarian pilots. LOT has also opened the first Star Alliance Gold business lounge operated by an airline at the Budapest Airport.

The expansion of flights from Budapest is part of the airline’s profitable growth strategy, which LOT Polish Airlines has been implementing since early 2016. As a result, over the recent three years LOT has become one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, doubled its fleet size and launched over 70 new routes worldwide.

The additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has joined the fleet early November, increasing the total number of LOT wide-body aircraft to 15.

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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.