Warsaw, 14 February 2019 – LOT continues to develop in Hungary. On 2 September Embraer 195 will take off from Budapest and fly to two additional cities in Europe - Brussels and Bucharest. In total LOT offers services now to as many as 7 international destinations from Hungary’s capital including flights to New York (JFK), Chicago, Kraków, London City and Warsaw. Tickets for the new connections are already available on sale
Starting from 2 September 2019 flights to Brussels and Bucharest will be operated up to twice a day (twelve times a week) with a modern Embraer 195 based in Budapest.
To Brussels LOT will fly from Mondays to Saturdays based on the following schedule:
BUD-BRU 07:10-09:15 daily
BRU-BUD 10:00-11:50 daily
BUD-BRU 17:25-19:30 daily
BRU-BUD 20:15-22:10 daily
Such a convenient timetable will allow to travel between Budapest from Brussels on business purposes within one day and to return without the necessity of staying overnight.
Flights from Bucharest to Budapest are introduced in order to respond to needs of passengers travelling often between the two cities, as well as transferring to further destinations in Europe and the U.S. LOT will operate on Budapest-Bucharest route based on the following schedule:
BUD-OTP 13:00-15:20 daily (ex. Sundays)
OTP-BUD 16:05-16:30 daily (ex. Sundays)
BUD-OTP 22:50-01:10(+1) daily (ex. Saturdays)
OTP-BUD 06:00-06:25 daily (ex. Sundays)
The timetable of the two connections was planned in such way to develop Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport as a hub, in that way helping build transfer traffic via the airport in the capital city of Hungary.
-Fullfilling the promise given to Hungarian passengers LOT continues to grow in Budapest. Now we announce a new direct flights to important cities in Europe and in the world. After London City, it's time for services to Brussels and Bucharest, the capitals with so far underserved connections by the full service airline. From now on, only LOT offers three classes of travel onboard comfortable Embraer jets. That's what our passengers are needed for - says Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT. - With those new flights we start develop transfer traffic via Budapest airport. That applies to passengers i.e. from Bucharest, who can connect in Budapest to London City, New York and Chicago, as well as to Brussels. The offer of transit connections will definitely increase the attractiveness of the Budapest airport - he adds.
-Budapest Airport warmly welcomes the further increase of destinations offered by LOT Polish Airlines from Hungary - said Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport. He added. -The new flights to main capital airports answers existing demand by passengers and add to the connectivity available form Budapest. Together with the trans-Atlantic flights, Warsaw, Kraków and London City connections later this month, will continue to keep LOT among the best developing carriers at our airport.
The new flights will be operated using modern Embraer 195s with 118 seats in three travel classes: business, premium economy and economy. To service the new routes, one of LOT’s airplane of that type will be permanently stationed in Budapest.
The launch of the new connections is a part of LOT’s growth strategy in Hungary and strengthening of its leading position among passenger airlines in the Central and Eastern Europe. Apart from the two new connections to Brussels and Bucharest, LOT has also been operating its flights to New York, Chicago and Kraków since 2018, and on 18 February 2019 it is going to launch a connection to London City. At present LOT offered jobs to 80 members of Hungarian cabin crews to operate its flights from Budapest; the carrier has also been recruiting new pilots.
LOT is currently the fastest growing airline in Europe. Since the beginning of 2016 it has been implementing its profitable growth strategy and the majority of its commitments have been fulfilled ahead of time. LOT has been constantly working on expanding its fleet. In December 2018 more new airplanes were delivered: Boeing 737 MAX 8 and four Embraer 190s (LOT already has 34 Embraers of four types). The deliveries of additional nine B737 MAXs are scheduled for 2019 to make a total of 14 by the end of this year. By the end of 2019, LOT’s fleet will be extended by four subsequent B787 Dreamliners, making a total of 15.
Last year, LOT carried a record number of 8.8 million passengers, i.e. 2 million more than the year before. The airline plans to reach over 10 million passengers in 2019. LOT has been using 80 modern airplanes. The carrier offers over 100 scheduled flights to destinations across three continents.
Tickets for LOT flights from Budapest to Brussels can be purchased starting from today via all sales channels, including www.LOT.com, via LOT Contact Center, and from agents.