Warsaw, Poland – Polish national airline LOT unveiled new direct air routes between Poland and the United States to be operated as of next year.
LOT announced it will launch a new direct connection between Krakow, the country’s second biggest city and home to its second biggest airport, and New York’s JFK.
The Krakow-New York flights, to be operated twice a week during the week-end, will launch at the beginning of May 2020.
Commenting on LOT’s most recent expansion, CEO Rafal Milczarski said: “We are certain that Krakow, a jewel of Poland as well as a very significant economic centre, will attract many business travelers and tourists from across the Atlantic”.
Radoslaw Wloszek, managing director of Krakow Airport, also expressed his enthusiasm regarding the new flights: “We are pleased with LOT’s new connection between Krakow and New York as this route has long been awaited by our passengers […] The new connection is an opportunity for our region to develop business and tourism relations”.
LOT simultaneously announced it will increase the frequency of direct flights between Krakow and Chicago, home to an important Polish community, as of June 2020, from three to five times a week.
The U.S. – and North America in general – is an important market for LOT, which already operates a number of direct flights between the two countries, including from Warsaw (to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami), Rzeszów (to New York) and Krakow (to Chicago).
LOT isn’t the only airline to tap into the growing potential of Poland-U.S. air routes. Earlier this year, American Airlines said it would launch, next year, a new direct connection between Krakow and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Krakow Airport is the second busiest in Poland and could serve a record number of seven to eight million passengers this year.