LOT launches new connection to London City from Budapest

New route by LOT Polish Airlines takes passengers right into the heart of London.

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London, 18 February 2019 – From today, LOT now flies directly from Budapest to London City (LCY) twice daily, twelve times a week. To operate this special route, LOT acquired four brand-new Embraer 190 jets, joining existing flights between London City and Warsaw. From May 1st the air carrier will also launch flights to LCY from Vilnius.

Flights from Budapest to London City will be operated according to the following schedule: departures to LCY daily (except Sundays) at 7:00am, arrivals at 8:45am and daily (except Saturdays) at 5:15pm, arrivals at 7:00pm. Departures to BUD are scheduled daily (except Sundays) at 9:15am, arrivals at 12:45pm and daily (except Saturdays) at 7:30pm, arrivals at 11:00pm.

London City Airport is conveniently located in London’s Royal Docks, and is the nearest airport to the business and financial centre of London and less than six miles from famous attractions such as Tower Bridge and the Shard. The newest service offered by LOT will bind Hungarian-UK relations even stronger, based on the hugely important human and economic links between the countries.

The schedule will be in favour of business passengers flying to London-City from Budapest, allowing to take a round trip without an overnight stay. Moreover, LOT’s new flight is an excellent alternative to other flights offered on London-Budapest route using airports located farther away from the center of London (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Southend).

Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications at LOT Polish Airlines, said:

“We are more than happy to welcome passengers from Hungary onboard our flights to London City today. London City is the most convenient airport for those passengers willing to get to the City of London in the shortest and most comfortable way. There is a great potential in this flight as the annual average passenger traffic on the Budapest-London route approximates 1.4 m. After fights to New York, Chicago and Kraków launched last year, now it’s time for London City. We are certain that new connections will be in favour of passengers travelling to and from CEE region and are going to be among the most successful routes in our constantly growing network. Already this year we will launch flights from Budapest to Brussels and Bucharest taking another step in developing our presence in Hungary.”

Peter Downes, Aviation Director at London City Airport, said:

“It is now quicker and easier than ever to hop between the Danube and the Thames thanks to LOT Polish Airlines’ new service between Budapest and London’s most central airport.

It means that, for the first time, the Hungarian capital joins our route map, adding another major European city that leisure passengers will love, and a convenient service for business trips.

“This is the latest staging post in LOT’s growth at London City Airport, coming just five weeks after the highly successful launch of flights to Warsaw and ahead of a new Vilnius connection in May – all made possible thanks to the airline’s investment in four new Embraer 190 aircraft. This is a really exciting chapter for London City and LOT, transforming our Central European offer, and enabling closer ties for tourism and trade, at an important time for the UK, London, and Hungary.”

In order to operate to London City, LOT has decided to acquire four brand new Embraer E-190 jets, which are compatible with the shorter runway and steep approach at London City. The airplanes were delivered to LOT by the end of 2018 directly from the Embraer factory in Brazil. The new Embraer E-190s have capacity of 106 comfortable seats in three class of travel (business, premium economy and economy class), which gives an efficient combination of optimum range and maximum number of passengers.

Flights to and from London City are available for purchasers through all channels, including LOT.com, LOT Contact Center and at travel agents.

LOT Polish Airlines is a modern airline that connects Central and Eastern Europe with the world. It provides almost 9 million passengers a year with the shortest and most comfortable travel options on 106 routes worldwide, mainly via Warsaw, a competitive hub that offers fast connections. As the only carrier in the region, LOT offers direct long-haul flights to the USA, Canada, China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea while building its leadership position in East Central Europe. It flies one of the youngest fleets in Europe and, as the only airline, operates the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world's most advanced aircraft, on all long-haul connections. LOT relies primarily on the passion and positive energy of its team members, including top ranking pilots in the global aviation business, often champions in many aviation sports. With 89 years of experience, LOT is also one of the oldest airlines in the world and the most internationally recognized Polish brand. This recognition is proven by the numerous awards from industry organizations, media and, above all, from passengers. For the last consecutive years, LOT has been recognized as the fastest growing airline in Europe. More information for media available at http://corporate.lot.com/pl/en/press-room