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WARSAW — LOT has resumed its first international flights since mid-March, with Canada among the first long-haul routes to be welcomed back.
The first passengers flew onboard LOT planes on July 1 and July 2 to destinations like Berlin, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Prague, Budapest, Vilnius, Kiev, Dubrovnik, Split, Vienna and Oslo.
In accordance with current administrative regulations, LOT’s passenger flight schedules will also extend to Toronto (from three to seven times a week from July 1), Seoul (from two to five times a week from July 3), and Tokyo-Narita (from two to three times a week from July 3). In addition, the airline will launch a Budapest-Seoul connection once a week from July 20.
With the new long-haul flights, LOT’s international flight schedule for July and August will cover more than 70 popular destinations. A full network of about 250 flights per week is available from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport.
On July 3, LOT will kickstart its summer campaign, #LOTnaWakacje, the biggest summer campaign in its history. According to Michał Fijoł, LOT Polish Airlines Board Member, Chief Commercial Officer, within a week from the start of the campaign, the airline sold over 130,000 seats to individual passengers and tour operators, with many flight connections already sold out. As such, LOT plans to increase the frequency on select routes as well as look into new connections that have previously not been offered from Warsaw.
“Despite the pandemic restrictions in effect, we are expanding our flight network route from week to week, complementing the resumed domestic and international flights with popular holiday destinations and now also with long-haul flight connections,” he said.
According to Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, the airline has already restored nearly 70% of the destinations planned for 2020.
“The current situation forces us to adapt to the new reality such as national administrative regulations, international restrictions and security procedures,” he said. “After several months of suspension of air connections, we at LOT are working intensively on restoring full operational capacity. Currently, passengers can already use the offer of about 250 flights per week and this number is still growing.”
The European Union announced on June 30 that it will reopen its borders to travellers from 14 countries, including Canada. However, LOT is encouraging passengers to still check current restrictions in their final destination before buying a ticket as regulations are ever-changing and the carrier cannot take onboard passengers who have not fulfilled the required formalities.