Cutting the ribbon in Krakow, officially opening the airport’s sole long-haul route to Chicago O’Hare, are: Rafał Milczarski, President of LOT Polish Airlines; Radosław Włoszek, President of the Krakow Airport Management Board; Piotr Ćwik, Governor of Małopolska; Andrzej Kulig, Deputy Mayor of Krakow; Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure and Construction; Walter Braunohler, US Consul General in Krakow; Jacek Krupa, Marshal of the Małopolska Region; and Stanisław Kogut, Senator of the Republic of Poland. A jazz-inspired cake was also baked to mark the new US service.
- LOT Polish Airlines added its only long-haul route from Krakow (KRK) on 3 July, launching a weekly (Mondays) year-round service to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), a 7,604-kilometre city pair it last served in October 2010. The Star Alliance member’s only other routes from Krakow are to Gdansk and Warsaw Chopin. Not only is this the sole long-haul route now on offer from Krakow, but it is also the airport’s exclusive wide-body service, with LOT Polish Airlines using its three-class 787-8s on the route. When it last operated between Krakow and O’Hare, the Polish national carrier used its 767-300s. With this launch, it means that LOT Polish Airlines now offers six routes across the Atlantic on 38 weekly flights according to OAG schedules, with it also serving O’Hare, Los Angeles, New York’s JFK and Newark, plus Toronto Pearson from Warsaw Chopin. There are now 54 airports across Europe with at least one weekly flight to the US. See how Krakow Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.