Warsaw, Poland – National Polish airline LOT announced on Sunday it would launch new direct flights between Warsaw and San Francisco next year.
According to the state-owned Polish carrier, the new connection will be launched on August 5, 2020, and will be operated four times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) with the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners out of Warsaw’s Chopin airport.
The entire flight should take around 12 hours, according to the Polish state news agency PAP.
“San Francisco has been on our list of new destinations for a long time, but it’s no coincidence that we decided to announce this connection right now”, said LOT CEO Rafał Milczarski, referring to the U.S. Administration’s decision, after years of debate, to include Poland in its Visa Waiver Program.
Last year, LOT itself took part to a campaign calling to drop visa requirements for Polish citizens travelling to the United States.
According to Milczarski, some 300,000 passengers travel every year between San Francisco and Central and Eastern Europe, making Warsaw a natural new addition to its portfolio of direct flights across the pond.
LOT carries around 9 million passengers a year. The Warsaw-San Francisco route is the 20th long distance route of the Polish national carrier.
The U.S. market has played a central part in LOT’s expansion strategy. Last month, the state-owned carrier announced it would be launching direct flights between Krakow and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, while also increasing the frequency of flights between Poland’s second-biggest city and Chicago.
This will be LOT’s ninth direct route between Poland and the United States. Other direct connections include flights from Warsaw (to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami), Rzeszow (to New York) or Krakow (to New York and Chicago).
American Airlines is also tapping into this promising route, and announced a new direct connection between Krakow and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest in the world.