LOT Polish Airlines recently revealed its plans saying that it will be launching direct flights to Chicago from Krakow starting in July 2017. The year-round service between the two destinations will be conducted once a week. The new route will be in addition to the airline’s existing daily service on the same Krakow-Chicago route with a stopover in Warsaw.
LOT Polish Airlines, which is a member of Star Alliance, will be operating the route with the help of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which is likely to join the airline’s fleet during mid-2017. The airline hopes to receive two new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts next year.
The Krakow-Chicago route being launched in July next year will be LOT Polish Airlines’ sixth route in North America. The airline has also indicated that it will be launching new flights from Warsaw to Los Angeles and Newark Liberty as well in April next year. Currently, the North American destinations being served from Warsaw include New York JFK, Chicago and Toronto.
Radoslaw Wloszek, Chairman of the Management Board, Krakow Airport, said, “It is a matter of great delight to announce that Chicago is once again set to be served to/from Krakow Airport. The fact that an additional frequency to Chicago is being launched from Krakow after absence of nearly seven years proves that passenger demand has been growing. Presently, over 90,000 passengers are traveling between Chicago and Krakow via Warsaw every year. The news that a direct flight on Krakow-Chicago route is being commenced next year will warmly received by the residents of southern Poland, the Silesia region and Slovakia.”
Meanwhile, in yet another development LOT Polish Airlines and Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) have expanded their codeshare partnership. The Polish carrier has started offering its customers access to select ANA-operated domestic Japanese routes starting from December 1, 2016. The Japanese destinations being served from Warsaw include Fukuoka, Sendai and Sapporo.