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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.