MIAMI — Poland’s LOT Airlines will start serving a year-round weekly flight between Kraków and Chicago, starting July next year.
The connection between Kraków and Chicago will be operated by one of LOT’s two new Dreamliners that are expected to join the carrier’s fleet in the middle of next year. The weekly flights will complement LOT’s daily Warsaw-O’Hare service.
“Following the announcement of our return to Newark, the launch of a connection between Kraków and Chicago is the best news one can imagine,” Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO said in a statement.
According to LOT, the decision behind the launch was based on the analysis of the growing number of travelers in the route. To date, Chicago has the second largest Polish population outside of Poland, and is home of the largest number of Polish Americans.
“The number of passengers traveling between Kraków and Chicago has been growing since 2012 at the average rate of 17 per cent each year. LOT’s strategy clearly indicates that we must not waste such a great potential,” Milczarski said.
The announcement of the new connection between Kraków and Chicago fits in with LOT’s profitable growth strategy that the airline has been implementing since the beginning of 2016. The Polish carrier has already launched flights to 23 new destinations. Next year, LOT is set to considerably expand its presence on the US market, with new routes from Warsaw to Newark and Los Angeles.
The airline expects to be serving six cities in North America in 2017.