LOT Polish Airlines has won a tender from the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport to operate direct flights between Vilnius and London City airport under a Public Service Obligation.
The contract for the service is expected to be signed in mid-December, with flights due to begin on 1 May 2019. LOT will offer 12 flights per week, with two available Monday to Friday and one on Saturdays and Sundays.
Adrian Kubicki, director of LOT corporate communications, said: “For passengers travelling between Lithuania and Great Britain, the new connection is a perfect alternative to connections to Luton and Stansted airports, which are more distant. Moreover, East London is a place where many Lithuanians live, 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.”
Aurimas Stikliunas, head of aviation services at Lithuanian Airports, added: “It is a unique case in the EU when the flight mechanism aimed at attracting business travellers will be supported by the state. We are especially glad of being the first ones, together with our partners, achieving such an important project. Both Lithuania and the UK’s business community have been waiting for so long for the flights that will even cut geographical barriers and significantly shorten travel time between Vilnius and London. Comfortable flights at appropriate times will definitely increase the flow of business travellers coming to Lithuania.”