Starting from 1 June the Polish airlines are going to launch the first direct flights to the capital city of Macedonia. 1 June 2018 also marks the launch of regular flights to Montenegro’s capital city. In total, LOT is going to operate as many as 12 flights to Balkan destinations.
LOT has been consistently expanding its network of flights to destinations located in the south of Europe. The number of flights to the two new Balkan destinations will be the same: six per week. The flights to Skopje in Macedonia will be operated daily apart from Sundays whereas to Podgorica in Montenegro LOT will be flying daily apart from Wednesdays.
The flights to the two destinations will be operated by Embraer 170 and 175. Depending on the version of the aircraft there will be 70 – 82 seats available in three travel classes: economy, premium economy and business.
“Skopje in Macedonia is a completely new destination offered by LOT. That country has been increasingly popular every year among tourists, enchanting them with its history, regional cuisine and cultural diversity. It is also an ideal starting point for trips to neighbouring countries: Greece, Bulgaria and Albania,” says Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications and Spokesperson. “Our passengers had an opportunity to get to know different tourist values of Podgorica, Montenegro, in the previous summer season. In our opinion that destination has such potential that we decided to significantly increase the frequency of our flights there,” adds he.
Timetables were designed in such way that also the passengers travelling from Skopje and Podgorica have access to fast and convenient connecting flights from the Warsaw Chopin Airport to among others, destinations in the United States of America, Canada and Western Europe, e.g. Scandinavia.
In total LOT now operates flights to 12 destinations in the Balkans. Apart from Skopje and Podgorica, in the summer season the airlines also fly to: Dubrovnik (a new connection starting from May – six flights per week), Zagreb (the increase from 10 to 14 flights per week), Split (two flights per week), Pula (one flight per week), Zadar (two flights per week), Belgrade (the increase from 9 to 11 flights per week), Ljubljana (the increase from six to seven flights per week), Sofia (19 flights per week), Bucharest (three flights per day) and Cluj-Napoca (six flights per week).
This year LOT has already announced the launch of four new destinations: from Warsaw to Skopje, Podgorica and Moscow Domodedovo Airport (the second largest airport in Moscow) and from Kraków to Budapest.
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. In 2017 LOT’s passenger traffic totalled 6.8m which means that the figure went up by nearly 1.5m year-to-year. During that time four new Boeings were delivered to LOT: two B787 Dreamliners and two B737 MAXs. 12 more machines will be added to LOT’s fleet in 2018: three B787-9s (a larger version of the Dreamliner), three B737 MAX 8s and six EMBRAER 195s.
Warsaw, 9 February 2018