Polish airline LOT to fly to Croatia’s Dubrovnik
PR dla Zagranicy
LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will begin to operate flights to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik from May, as the airline continues to add new destinations following the end of its financial difficulties.
A Boeing 787-8 plane in LOT Polish Airlines livery. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Adrian Pingstone/Public Domain
The Polish national carrier announced that it will initially operate three flights a week, increasing to six during the summer holidays. The first flight will take off on May 3.
LOT Polish Airlines already flies to Zagreb and Split, in addition to seasonal flights to Pula and Zadar. In total, the airline will operate 21 flights a week from Warsaw to airports in Croatia during the summer season.
Adrian Kubicki, the airline’s press spokesman, said “Croatia is increasing in popularity among passengers, and is one of the favourite Mediterranean destinations among Polish holidaymakers.
“[Croatia] owes its popularity above all to sunny weather, the regional cuisine, and also its well-preserved architecture, which draws in tourists from around the world.”
A return to profit
LOT Polish Airlines expects to make a profit of PLN 280 million (EUR 67 million) this year on its core business, up from PLN 184 million (EUR 44 million) in 2016.
The airline also expects to have carried 6.8 million passengers this year, up from 5.4 million last year, and plans to reach 10 million by 2020.
LOT Polish Airlines went through a period of financial difficulty and required state aid in 2012, subsequently undergoing restructuring. Due to EU rules on state aid, the airline was temporarily prevented from opening new routes.
The airline returned to profit partially thanks to the introduction of modern fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes, and was able to add 23 new routes this year alone.