Early Tuesday morning the first direct flight of the new Kaunas-Warsaw route took place. Last summer Polish national air carrier LOT temporarily operated direct flights from the second biggest Lithuanian airport to the Polish capital. This year the route was renewed on a regular basis. LOT became the first non low-cost airline to operate direct flights from Kaunas Airport.
The new route offers passengers an opportunity to fly to Warsaw six days a week, excluding Sunday. Planes will leave for Warsaw at 6.15 a.m. and depart back to Kaunas at 10.35 p.m. The flight lasting 1 hour and 10 minutes will be operated by 78 seat Bombardier Q400 plane offering business, premium economy, and economy class.
“First of all, we are happy to establish a direct link with the Warsaw Airport which is very important for Lithuania. It is important for both current and future investors, as well as tourism sector bearing in mind that in 2022 Kaunas will become the European Capital of Culture. LOT recognised the city’s ambitions and chose Kaunas as a reliable partner in implementing its long-term mission. I believe it will be mutually beneficial,” states the Deputy Mayor of Kaunas Simonas Kairys.
According to LOT’s Corporate Communication Director Adrian Kubicki, expanding routes within Lithuania is an important component of the company’s growth strategy that aims to strengthen its positions in Central and Eastern Europe.
“This year we have already offered regular flights to Vilnius and seasonal flights to Palanga from Warsaw, but now we have also opened the Kaunas route which is an important business and cultural centre for Lithuania. We are especially happy that passengers will be able to fly this route almost every day. In addition, I am confident that this route will be beneficial for passengers that use LOT’s Warsaw hub for connecting flights to the US, Canada, or Singapore,” says Adrian Kubicki.
Lithuanian Airports Director Marius Gelžinis believes that introducing the new LOT route to Kaunas will allow changing the airport’s profile.
“LOT is not new to Kaunas as last year during the reconstruction of the Vilnius Airport’s runway the company moved their Warsaw flights to Kaunas for 35 days. We are happy that close business, tourism, and cultural ties between Lithuania and Poland keep on getting stronger and that it influenced LOT’s decision to come back to Kaunas establishing a direct route while maintaining the operation of all Vilnius flights.
Following the introduction of this direct route by LOT, Kaunas Airport’s profile will inevitably change. The incoming flights will no longer be operated solely by low-cost airlines,” states Marius Gelžinis. He also added that LOT would now become the first airline in Lithuania to operate flights from all three of the country’s airports.
Currently, LOT offers flights to Warsaw from Vilnius fives times a day and six times a week from Palanga.
LOT was established in 1992 and is Poland’s national air carrier. It is considered one of the oldest airlines in the world to continue its operations in present day. Connecting the new Europe with the world, LOT annually flies 7 million passengers. From Warsaw Airport it operates flights to 95 different destinations worldwide. LOT is the only air carrier in the region to offer long-haul flights to the US, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.