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LOT Polish capacity is up 80% in 10 years; has 84 routes and serves 78 airports in Q1

LOT Polish

LOT Polish has grown considerably in the past decade. According to Cirium schedules information, available seats in Q1 (January-March) have risen by 80%. Not surprisingly, this is due to international expansion (+102%) and not the domestic market (+26%).

While capacity remains 15% below the record high of Q1 2019, LOT Polish is the sixth-largest carrier serving Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). If Russia – which revolves heavily around its vast domestic market, even more so now due to the EU ban – is excluded, LOT Polish is number three in CEE behind Wizz Air and Ryanair. It is the largest full-service network carrier.

LOT Polish developmentQ1 2014-2024

78 airports and 84 routes in Q1

Some 97% of LOT Polish’s capacity is from Warsaw, its hub. Cirium information tells that is one of 78 airports in its network in the first three months of 2024 based on having at least four departing flights.

Nineteen airports are outside Europe: Africa (Cairo); Asia (Beijing PEK, Delhi, Mumbai, Nur-Sultan, Seoul ICN, Tashkent, Tokyo NRT); Caucasus (Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan); Middle East (Dubai, Tel Aviv); and North America (Chicago ORD, JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Toronto).

It has 84 routes, with 74 from Warsaw. Its Q1 network breaks down as follows:

  • 11 domestic routes; 10 from Warsaw; the exception is Kraków-Olsztyn
  • 71 international routes; 64 from Warsaw. The rest from Kraków, Radom, Rzeszów and Wrocław
  • Two fully non-Polish routes that do not touch the country (Budapest-Seoul, Vilnius-London City)

Top 10 LOT Polish airports Q1 2024

Prague Airport

New and coming routes

LOT Polish’s most recently introduced services were Rzeszów to Milan MXP on 4 November 2023 (weekly) and Wrocław-Seoul ICN the day before (weekly).

Demand for that highly unusual long-haul route is from numerous South Korean companies located in/around Poland’s sixth most populous city. In 2020, more than 5,000 South Koreans lived there.

The next service to begin is Warsaw-Tashkent on 13 March (3-weekly). While not in Q1, Warsaw-Athens resumes on 11 April (daily) and – significantly – Warsaw-Riyadh starts on 4 June (3-weekly).

LOT WRO-ICN

Warsaw-Kraków is the leading route, but London LHR is first internationally

The 245-kilometre route between Poland’s capital and primary tourist city, Kraków, is LOT Polish’s number one market by available seats and is joint first for weekly departing flights in February (41). As trains only take two hours or so, most passengers in the past year connected in Warsaw.

London LHR is the most served international route by seat capacity, but not by flights. Other international services from Warsaw with more departures – Vilnius, Bucharest, Prague, Amsterdam, etc. – heavily use Embraer aircraft, while Heathrow is all 737 MAX 8. Cirium informs that LOT Polish has 31% of London-Warsaw WAW seats in Q1, falling to 23% when Modlin is included.

Top 10 LOT Polish routes Q1 2024

Aruba Airport