06 June, 2020

Poland's ban on international flights extended to June 16 as LOT operates limited domestic flight schedule

Photo LOT Polish Airlines
The government in Poland is to extend the ban on international flights until 16th June as the country tried to control the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.  Before the weekend, the country had recorded 1137 deaths and over 25,400 confirmed cases of the virus.  

The national carrier LOT has also extended its current schedule of domestic flights until June 19, 2020. As part of the renewed schedule, the airline will operate flights from Warsaw to Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Wroclaw and Zielona Gora as well as a flight on the Krakow - Gdansk route. 

The revised schedule includes approximately 30 domestic flights, operated from Warsaw to Gdansk - up to three times a day, from Warsaw to Krakow, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Wroclaw, Zielona Gora - up to twice a day and from Krakow to Gdansk - once a day. The introduction of further destinations, including international ones, depends on local administrative regulations and the current epidemic situation in a particular region.

LOT will only offer for sale around 50% of the seats available on each of the aircraft, to help maintain social distancing onboard.  All ground handling staff and cabin crew serving passengers during the flight are equipped with a number of protective measures, such as masks and gloves. 

Ticket prices are being kept low, starting at around PLN99 / £19 for a one-way flight without luggage. The wearing of a face mask/covering is mandatory on all LOT flights and at the airports in Poland.

The airline has recently been operating special cargo flights primarily to bring in medical materials to Poland, that are necessary for the fight against coronavirus COVID-19.

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