Starting in June, Lot wants to offer flights between Budapest and New York again. It remains to be seen whether the connectivity will pay off as economically as it was before the outbreak of the pandemic.
The Polish state airline was one of the first airlines in Europe to take advantage of the possibility to start long-haul flights from a base other than its base in Warsaw. On May 3, 2018, a new flight commenced between Budapest and New York with a Boeing 787-8 based in Budapest.
The gap created after Malev’s 2012 bankruptcy on Budapest’s Liszt-Ferenc airport long-distance route wasn’t properly filled, which is why Lot seized the opportunity to make a name for himself in Hungary. However, the coronavirus pandemic has mainly affected long-haul flights, which is why communication was temporarily suspended during the first wave of the pandemic and associated travel restrictions.
To New York three times a week
As of June 2022, they want to fly three times a week with a formerly good connection to New York with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the company announced. The resumed Lot flight is important not only for passenger traffic, but also for non-stop freight business to the United States, where up to twelve tons of freight can be carried in both directions.
In November, 33 airlines again served 102 cities in 40 countries from Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport – compared to a record year 2019, 80 percent of previous destinations. People at Budapest Airport are happy with the booming cargo sector. Last November, the airport handled 16,311 tons of cargo, the second heaviest cargo in the airport’s history.
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