The Polish airline LOT intends to launch flights from Warsaw to airports in Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne, and Vinnytsia, the avianews.com reports, citing the Polish publication Gazeta Prawna.
According to media reports, the exact dates of the launch of flights to new destinations in Ukraine have not yet been announced, but Polish airlines see the Ukrainian market as an important area of expansion and one of the key sources for feeding the Warsaw airline hub.
In addition, according to media reports, the LOT airline intends to increase its presence on the existing routes from Warsaw to Kyiv and Lviv, on which the frequency of flights may be increased from two to three per day
According to Gazeta Prawna, Ukrainian labor migrants constitute a small part of the airline’s passengers and mainly wealthy customers use its services, as evidenced by the proportion of transit passengers.
For example, 70% of the passengers on the LOT airline’s flights from Odesa continue their flights after making transfers in Warsaw. The proportions of transit passengers are 60% on flights from Lviv and Kharkiv and about 50% on flights from Kyiv. The passenger load factor on LOT flights from Ukraine is 80%.
As reported, the Kyiv (Zhulyany) airport received a flight operated by Polish LOT Polish Airlines for the first time on 26 February. LOT flights will depart from the Zhulyany airport at 06:00 every day (excluding Saturdays) and from Warsaw at 22:40 (excluding Sundays).
The Warsaw-Kyiv (Zhulyany) route is the Polish airline’s fifth route to Ukraine. LOT also flies to the Boryspil, Lviv, Odesa, and Kharkiv airports.