There were celebrations in Budapest to welcome the start of transatlantic services with LOT Polish Airlines on 3 May. Cutting the cake to mark the occasion were David Kostelancik, Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy in Hungary; Jerzy Snopek, Ambassador, Embassy of Poland in Budapest; Rafał Milczarski, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines; Péter Szijjártó, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade; and Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport.
- LOT Polish Airlines launched transatlantic services from Budapest (BUD) to New York JFK (JFK) on 3 May, and from the Hungarian hub to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on 5 May. It also added a link from Warsaw Chopin (WAW) to Nuremburg (NUE) on 7 May. The 7,755-kilometre Chicago O’Hare sector and the 7,010-kilometre JFK route will both be flown with 787-8s, with the former operating twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) and the latter four times weekly. There is no competition on either route. The 755-kilometre-Warsaw Chopin-Nuermburg sector will see 12 weekly flights with E170s and also faces no competition. Commenting on the new transatlantic routes, Rafał Milczarski, CEO, LOT said: “Our decision to launch non-stop flights shows how much we believe in Hungary as one of the key markets in Central and Eastern Europe for LOT. We aim to win the hearts of passengers from Hungary and the surrounding countries with the best product on the market, which the non-stop flights definitely are. For LOT it is also a completely new chapter in its history. For the first time in its 90-year history LOT is launching a connection to North America from outside Poland.” Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport added: “These flights are sure to become great success among tens of thousands of business travellers, tourists and people visiting their relatives and friends overseas.”