LOT Polish Airlines Budapest to London City
Cutting the impressive London-themed cake in Budapest to celebrate LOT Polish Airlines’ first flight to London City on 18 February were Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport, and Adrian Kubicki, Executive Director and Spokesperson, LOT Polish Airlines. The carrier will serve this European capital connection 12 times weekly, with a twice-daily service on weekdays, with a single rotations on Saturdays and Sundays.
Welcoming the first arrival at London City were Richard Hill, CCO, London City Airport, and David Bentley, Regional Director of Sales, LOT Polish Airlines. The airline acquired four E190s for its operations to London City. It opened a route from Warsaw Chopin in January and will add a further connection in May when it begins flights from Vilnius.
- LOT Polish Airlines launched flights from Budapest (BUD) to London City (LCY) on 18 February. The carrier will operate 12 weekly flights on the route, with a twice-daily on weekdays and a single rotation on Saturdays and Sundays. The 1,453-kilometre capital connection will be operated by the airline’s E190s, of which it has four in its fleet. There is no direct competition on the airport pair, although Budapest is already linked to London’s five other commercial airports of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Southend, with Budapest becoming only the fourth European capital to host flights to all six of London’s commercial airports. “Today marks another important milestone in our partnership with LOT Polish Airlines,” commented Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport. The European flag carrier already flies to Krakow, Warsaw Chopin, New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare from Budapest and has recently announced that it will station an E195 at the Hungarian airport from 2 September, allowing for the launch of new multi-daily services to Brussels and Bucharest. The Budapest connection becomes LOT’s second destination from London City after it launched a link to the UK airport from Warsaw Chopin on 7 January. It will also introduce flights to the London airport from Vilnius on 1 May. Peter Downes, Aviation Director, London City Airport, said: “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 E190s. 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.”