3 DECEMBER 2018
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Flights between London City Airport and Vilnius are due to start next May after LOT Polish Airlines won a tender from the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport to operate direct Public Service Obligation (PSO) flights.
The airline is also launching flights between London City and Warsaw and Budapest in January, with four leased 106-seat Embraer E190 aircraft due to be delivered to the carrier this month. (see BTN 18 June 2018)
The contract for the Vilnius service is expected to be signed in mid-December, with flights due to begin on 1 May. LOT says it will offer 12 flights a week, with two every weekday and one on Saturdays and Sundays.
LOT corporate communications director Adrian Kubicki said: “For passengers travelling between Lithuania and Britain, the new connection is a perfect alternative to connections to Luton and Stansted airports, which are more distant.
East London is also home to many Lithuanians, which is why the launch of the new connection is expected to attract a lot of interest and contribute to a strengthening of relations between Lithuania and Great Britain.
Lithuanian Airports head of aviation services Aurimas Stikliunas added: “Lithuania and the UK have been waiting for flights that will shorten travel time between Vilnius and London and this will definitely increase the flow of business travellers.”
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