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LOT Polish Airlines finally opened ticket sales on Vilnius to London City route

On January 29, LOT Polish Airlines finally opened sales on their new route from Vilnius to London City.

Lithuanian officials previously said they expect the agreement will be signed until “end of the year” (2018). Still, it looks something was not that smooth, but today we already have flights on sale.

LOT Polish Airlines will start flying from Vilnius to London City on May 1, 2019.

Flights to be performed 12 times a week: double-daily on weekdays and once a day on weekends, based on London City closure from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

LOT Polish Airlines announced following schedule:

LO 271 VNO-LCY 6:30-7:30 daily, except Sunday
LO 272 LCY-VNO 9:35-14:35 daily, except Sunday

LO 273 VNO-LCY 16:55-17:55 daily, except Saturday
LO 274 LCY-VNO 18:40-23:40 daily, except Saturday

The schedule has only one difference from my guess I did a few months ago. On morning rotation aircraft will spend 2 hours in London City airport before flying back to Vilnius. This is due to departure slot availability from London City airport. My guess was LOT to operate later departure from Vilnius Airport to match departure slot, but they decided to go with a really early departure from Vilnius.

The schedule is not really nice for London based businessman as if you take “morning” flight from London City to Vilnius due to 2-hours time difference and relatively late departure from London you will arrive at Vilnius Center at 15:30-16:00 only.

As I wrote previously, different funds to be used and LOT will receive around 3 million EUR subsidy for 3 years of this operation.

Personally, I am really excited this flight to happen, so I spent 111 EUR immediately to get a seat on an inaugural flight on May 1st:

My booking VNO-LCY for an inaugural flight

People from LOT Polish Airlines told me I am the second person who made a booking on this first flight on this new route.

LOT Polish Airlines to use one of their brand new Embraer 190 aircraft they acquired specially for London City operations. They already started flights from Warsaw Airport to London City and flights from Budapest due to start in the middle of February.

I already had a chance to catch one of these LOT Embraer 190s – accidentally they operated the flight from Zagreb to Warsaw.

Factory-smell LOT Polish Airlines Embraer 190.
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