Starting 2nd July, LOT will launch direct connection between Warsaw and Zaporizhzhia. Flights will be operated as many as 6 times a week by modern Embraer jets. It’s LOT’s 9th route to Ukraine and 6th from its Warsaw hub. Tickets are available via all LOT sales channels starting today. Thanks to that Polish carrier have become the largest European Union airline operating on the Ukrainian market
Currently, LOT is the only EU airline to provide passengers from Zaporizhzhia with offer of transfers to Europe and the world. It’s also the sixth Ukrainian destination from Warsaw added into LOT’s network, next to Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv, Kiev-Boryspil and Kiev-Zhuliany. Last year, the Polish carrier decided to launch three regional services from Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Olsztyn to Lviv. In total, LOT shall serve as many as 84 flights weekly between Poland and Ukraine in Summer 2018.
LOT Embraers will take-off from Warsaw at 11:00 arriving at Zaporizhzhia International Airport at 14:00 on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. The return flight will take passengers from Zaporizhzhia to Warsaw at 14:40 landing at the Chopin Airport at 15.55. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, aeroplanes will depart from Warsaw at 14:20 a.m. to land in Ukraine at 17.20. Passengers will be able to take flight from Zaporizhzhia at 18:00 to land in Warsaw at 19:15.
The schedule between Warsaw and Zaporizhzhia was planned to provide passengers from that region with the most convenient transfers to Western Europe and North America via LOT’s hub in Warsaw. Passengers need minimum 35 minutes of transfer time via Warsaw to continue their journey to western and central European destinations such as Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva and Milan. It takes only 1 hour of transfer at Warsaw Chopin Airport to continue travel to LOT’s airports in North America – to Chicago, New York JFK/Newark and Los Angeles in the USA or Toronto in Canada. Besides that short transfers will be offered to those travelling between Zaporizhzhia and Moscow Domodedovo, Budapest, Prague, Tallinn, Vilnius, Kaunas and Kosice.
“We are pleased to announce today the new service from Warsaw to Zaporizhzhia. By opening this route we are sure to provide our customers with top quality service and the best connectivity to worldwide destinations via Central Europe. Zaporizhia is one of the most economically developed business centres in Eastern Ukraine. I am sure that many passengers travelling on business and for leisure purposes will take advantage of convenient flights to Poland and via Warsaw hub to further destinations in Europe or North America” – says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesperson.
“Zaporizhzhia airport is the priority infrastructure project for the city, and on this project, we concentrate all financial and managerial efforts. As the airport is not just an important logistics network, it is a signal to the potential investors, visitors of the city that Zaporizhzhia has been developing and is aimed to the future. We are working hard on the modernization of the Zaporizhzhia airport. Being supported by the Cabinet of Ministers, we have launched the project of a new passenger terminal construction that will be corresponded to all world standards. However, the passenger flow and flights increase is a key driver of the airport development. Therefore, we welcome the opening of the new route to Warsaw, which performs by LOT. This new flight will become a connecting bridge between Zaporizhzhia and Europe. We are confident that our cooperation will give a forceful impact to the further development of Zaporizhzhia, to the strengthening of relationships between Ukraine and Poland, to our integration into the European community” – says Volodymyr Buryak, Mayor of Zaporizhzhia.
Zaporizhzhia – Warsaw service is operated using Embraer jets, with capacity from 70 to 82 seats in three cabin class: economy, premium economy and business.
Also today, LOT has increased its presence in Kiev Zhulyany: starting as of 2nd August LOT will operate flights two times a day to Kiev-Zhuliany in addition to two daily operations to Kiev-Boryspil. In total, as many as 27 flights a week are offered between Warsaw and Kiev providing passengers with the most flexible offer currently available on the market.
The launch of the new Warsaw – Zaporizhzhia route is an element of LOT’s 2016-2020 profitable growth strategy that the Polish carrier has been consistently implementing. Based on its underlying assumptions, LOT intends to become the first-choice airline not only among passengers travelling from Poland but also from other CEE countries. LOT forecasts that its annual passenger traffic will reach over 10 m passengers by 2020 meaning that the number of its passengers will double in four years.
In 2017 LOT announced the launch of 27 connections, including from Warsaw to Los Angeles, Newark, Astana and Singapore, from Budapest to New York City and Chicago, from Kraków to Chicago and from Rzeszów to Newark. New services to Billund, Dubrovnik, Nuremberg, Oslo and Skopje will also be opened in the first half of 2018.
All long-haul flights in LOT’s network are operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Each of them offers 252 seats in three classes: 18 in business, 21 in premium economy and 213 in economy. LOT was the first European airline to have introduced Dreamliners into its fleet. “B787 is currently the most technologically advanced wide-body passenger aircraft in the world. Its composite structure and state-of-the-art engines reduce fuel consumption and offer higher levels of comfort compared to other planes” – says Adrian Kubicki from LOT.
In 2017 LOT’s passenger traffic totalled over 6.8m which means that the figure went up by nearly 25% year-to-year. During that time four new Boeings were delivered to LOT: two B787 Dreamliners and two B737 MAX 8s. 12 more machines will be added to LOT’s fleet in 2018: three B787-9s (a larger version of the Dreamliner with 42 more seats), three B737 MAX 8s and six Embraer 195s.
Zaporizhzhia, 14 February 2018