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New Route of the Day (6 March 2024): LOT Polish Airlines between Warsaw WAW and Tashkent

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LOT Polish Airlines inaugurated flights between Warsaw WAW and Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on Wednesday 13 March. The 3,810-kilometre service will initially be maintained 3-weekly, departing the Polish capital on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday, with the 189-seat 737 MAX 8 aircraft. During April, a fourth weekly rotation will be introduced on Tuesdays. The carrier faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight LO189 departs Warsaw WAW at 22:55 local time, arriving in the Uzbek capital at 09:00 local time the following morning. The return service, operating as flight LO190, takes off from Tashkent at 10:20 local time on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving back in Poland at 13:05 local time.

What they said

Michał Fijol, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, said: “Uzbekistan is one of the most intriguing countries in the world and has a lot to offer to passengers from Poland and Europe. I am convinced that the opportunity to reach the heart of Central Asia in comfort on board of our aircraft will create the potential for further development of tourism and economic cooperation between Poland and Uzbekistan. We opened this service also taking into account the interests of citizens of Uzbekistan. From Warsaw Chopin Airport, which is a convenient transfer point, passengers from Tashkent can reach almost 80 cities in Europe or North America available in our route network.”

Javlonbek Umarkhodjaev, General Manager of operator Uzbekistan Airports, added: “The opening of flights between Warsaw and Tashkent is an important step for us in establishing air links with Europe. After the pandemic, LOT Polish Airlines became the first European airline to open flights to European cities for Uzbek citizens, and for Europeans to cities in Uzbekistan. And we see this as more than just cooperation between an airline and an airport – air travel will open a new chapter in the development of tourism on both sides.”

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LOT plans network expansion as part of four-year strategy

LOT Polish Airlines recently adopted a development strategy between 2024 and 2028, which foresees the carrier introducing 20 new routes from Warsaw WAW. This year alone, in addition to Tashkent, the carrier plans to add services to Athens on 11 April, and Riyadh on 4 June.

The airline’s strategy also involves expanding its fleet by around 50%, from the current 75 to 110 aircraft by 2028, as well as increasing passenger numbers by around 70% to 16.9 million travellers.

In addition to expanding its route network, the Polish flag carrier also plans to boost revenue, which it anticipates reaching some four billion euros per year by 2028.

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