18 February, 2019

LOT starts Budapest - London City Airport route

LOT Polish Airlines has started flying directly between Budapest and London City twice daily, twelve times a week. 

To operate this special route, LOT acquired four brand-new Embraer E190 jets, joining existing flights between London City and Warsaw. From May 1st the air carrier will also launch flights between London City and Vilnius.

Flights from Budapest to London City will be operated according to the following schedule: departures to LCY daily (except Sundays) at 7:00am, arrivals at 8:45am and daily (except Saturdays) at 5:15pm, arrivals at 7:00pm. Departures to BUD are scheduled daily (except Sundays) at 9:15am, arrivals at 12:45pm and daily (except Saturdays) at 7:30pm, arrivals at 11:00pm.

London City Airport is conveniently located in London’s Royal Docks, and is the nearest airport to the business and financial centre of London and less than six miles from famous attractions such as Tower Bridge and the Shard. The newest service offered by LOT will bind Hungarian-UK relations even stronger, based on the hugely important human and economic links between the countries.

The schedule will be in favour of business passengers flying to London-City from Budapest, allowing to take a round trip without an overnight stay. Moreover, LOT’s new flight is an excellent alternative to other flights offered on London-Budapest route using airports located farther away from the centre of London (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Southend).

Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications at LOT Polish Airlines, said: “We are more than happy to welcome passengers from Hungary onboard our flights to London City today. London City is the most convenient airport for those passengers willing to get to the City of London in the shortest and most comfortable way. There is a great potential in this flight as the annual average passenger traffic on the Budapest-London route approximates 1.4 m. After fights to New York, Chicago and Krakรณw launched last year, now it’s time for London City. We are certain that new connections will be in favour of passengers travelling to and from CEE region and are going to be among the most successful routes in our constantly growing network. Already this year we will launch flights from Budapest to Brussels and Bucharest taking another step in developing our presence in Hungary.”

Peter Downes, Aviation Director at London City Airport, said: “It is now quicker and easier than ever to hop between the Danube and the Thames thanks to LOT Polish Airlines’ new service between Budapest and London’s most central airport.

It means that, for the first time, the Hungarian capital joins our route map, adding another major European city that leisure passengers will love, and a convenient service for business trips.

“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 Embraer 190 aircraft. 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.”

In order to operate to London City, LOT has decided to acquire four brand new Embraer E-190 jets, which are compatible with the shorter runway and steep approach at London City. The aeroplanes were delivered to LOT by the end of 2018 directly from the Embraer factory in Brazil. The new Embraer E-190s have the capacity to convey 106 people in comfortable seats spread over three classes of travel (business, premium economy and economy class).

(Images London City Airport)