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LONDON – LOT Polish Airlines has today confirmed an expansion in their operations from Hungary with flights launching between London City and Budapest.

From February 19 next year, the carrier will operate the route on a twice-daily basis using their newly acquired Embraer E190 aircraft.

This news comes following the confirmation of a London City-Warsaw service which will be launching on January 7 next year as well as the successful launch of long-haul flights to New York City and Chicago from Budapest as well as Budapest and Krakow flights also.

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The morning departure will depart Budapest at 0700 local and arrive into London City at 0845 local (except Sundays). The afternoon flight will leave Budapest at 1715 local and arrive into London City at 1900 local (except Saturdays). The return legs will depart at 0915 and 1930 local times and will arrive in Budapest at 1245 and 2300 local.

It is expected that businessmen and businesswomen are set to benefit from this route, with the City being a close distance away from the airport.

Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, said: “Being a modern and most dynamically growing airline in Europe, we are very proud we are able to fast-track our development in Hungary. We have opened a new chapter in our history: after the launch of the flights to New York City, Chicago, Kraków, the two daily flights to London City are now added. The annual passenger traffic on the Budapest-London route approximates 1.4 million. London City Airport is the most conveniently located airport for those passengers who want to reach central London, including its business districts, in the shortest and most convenient way. I am certain that Hungarian passengers will appreciate the new connection thanks to the elevated quality of services.”

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Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: “The addition of Budapest to London City Airport’s route map for the first time epitomises our determination to offer passengers the very best links between London and major European cities. We know more destinations and more choice is what our passengers want, especially as we invest £480 million in our facilities, and a Budapest connection offers a further foothold for tourism and trade in Central Europe and a convenient link with this buzzing city on the banks of the Danube. In addition to the recently announced Warsaw service, LOT Polish Airlines’ latest route provides a positive indication of their growth ambitions at London City Airport.”

Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport, said:   “I am extremely happy to have another innovative product introduced into the Hungarian aviation market by our friends from LOT Polish Airlines. The start of operations between Budapest and London City Airport marks another important milestone in our joint efforts to present high-quality service to passengers at both ends of this destination.”

The Embraer E190 will sit 106 people in a one-class configuration of Economy. The E190s will be used on this route due to the short runway and steep approach angle of 5.5˚. These new aircraft are to be delivered over the course of this year.