New Routes of the Day (28 April 2023): LOT Polish Airlines’ new routes from Warsaw RDO
LOT Polish Airlines on Friday 28 April inaugurated flights from the reopened Radom Airport, now officially known as Warsaw RDO. The carrier introduced two routes.
- 28 April: Paris CDG (3-weekly)
- 28 April: Rome FCO (3-weekly)
The Polish flag carrier faces no competition on any of its newly launched services, all of which will be maintained with 737-family aircraft. In addition, LOT will commence another three routes from Warsaw RDO which will run on a seasonal summer basis.
- 6 June: Varna (weekly)
- 11 June: Tirana (weekly)
- 16 June: Preveza (weekly)
What they said
Krzysztof Moczulski, Press Spokesman for LOT Polish Airlines, said: “The opening of the airport in Radom gives us an opportunity to shift some point-to-point traffic and reduce the burden on Chopin Airport. In recent years, LOT has consistently expanded its network of connections, opening several dozen new destinations. Thanks to the conducted demand analysis, we are initially launching three destinations from Radom – we will return to Rome, and we will fly to Paris and Copenhagen. I am convinced that these destinations will be popular among Warsaw and southern Mazovia residents.”
Anna Dermont, Spokeswoman for operator Polish Airports State Enterprise, added: “The destinations being launched by LOT Polish Airlines are ideal both for business and tourist purposes. We are very happy that our national carrier saw the potential among passengers from the region and Radom Airport itself. We will make sure that passengers like Radom Airport and that they will be happy to fly from it.”
Radom’s journey from bankruptcy to relief airport
Located 110 kilometres from central Warsaw, Warsaw RDO becomes Poland’s fifteenth operational airport. Although it has been in use since the 1920s, when it served as a military base, the airport was repurposed for commercial use and in 2015 welcomed its first airBaltic and Czech Airlines flights, from Riga and Prague respectively. However, due to poor demand, both routes were discontinued shortly after.
In 2018, Radom Airport declared bankruptcy and was acquired by Poland’s state-owned airport operator that decided to shut it down, demolish its terminal and build a new one. It re-marketed the airport as Warsaw RDO with the aim to alleviate congestion at Warsaw WAW and serve as a back-up to the New Central Polish Airport, a proposed megaproject that plans to become the Polish capital’s main airport in 2027.
Apart from the new LOT routes, Warsaw RDO will also be served by regular charters from Bulgaria and Turkey this summer.