LOT is the preferred airline for travel to and from Poland. It has been connecting passengers with Warsaw for 77 years. It was founded in 1929 which makes it one of the world’s oldest airlines. It has been voted the favourite airline in Central and Eastern Europe for 11 years.
- IATA code: LO
- Number of serviced cities: 51 destinations
- Main hub: Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport (WAW)
- Alliance: Star Alliance
- Fleet: 60 aircraft
- Loyalty rewards program: Miles & More
History of LOT
LOT officially began its commercial operations on the first of January in the year 1929. There was already a Civil Air Company operating in Poland at that time so LOT extended its network and took over some of its services. In 1930 LOT joined the International Air Transportation Association and also designed its logo with the crane being the main symbol of the airline. In 1938 the first transatlantic flight took place between Poland and the USA. During the Second World War all of LOT’s airport buildings and its maintenance hangars were destroyed and many of their staff was recruited to the military.
The airline drew up their first official time table in 1945 on a map, indicating in colours the different routes and times. Destinations like Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen and Bucharest are added to their network map. Finally in 1969 a new airport, Warsaw Okęcie Airport, is built to fully replace the previously destroyed one. In the 1970s LOT established a regular service from Poland to New York City, bit by bit connecting Poland to the rest of the world. In 1994 LOT and American Airlines signed a code-share agreement together. Highlights for LOT in the 2000s include joining Star Alliance, celebrating its 75th birthday, flying Pope Benedict XVI home to Rome and more recently the addition of Leonardo di Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine is painted on the livery of some of the airlines fleet.
Travel with LOT: practical information
- Meals: There are refreshments: juice, water, tea, coffee served on all flights. On flights with longer durations a hot meal is provided.
- Entertainment: There is an in-flight magazine, Kaleidoscope that is written in both Polish and English. There is also a wide selection of films and cartoons available to watch.
- Cabin: 1 piece of cabin luggage is permitted. It can weigh no more than 6 kg and have dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20 cm.
- Checked: Passengers travelling within Europe are allowed 20 kg of luggage while passengers to the USA and Canada can check 2 pieces that weigh up to 23 kg.
- Excess: Each piece of baggage that exceeds the limits is subject to an additional charge. The exact fees vary depending on destination and departure city. Within Europe the fee is €10/kg.
Discounts and Special Offers
Infants have a reduced fare of 90% of the adult ticket if they travel on the laps of their accompanying parent. Children between the ages of 2 and 11 receive a 20-33% discount depending on point of sales. There is a special youth fare for those between 12 and 24 and one for seniors older than 60 years. For all over discounts and special offers refer to the flight section at liligo.com.