National air carrier LOT to focus on tourism

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Airline PLL LOT plans to develop links with travel agencies as the carrier looks to offset losses caused by the collapse of international business travel owing to the pandemic.

LOT saw passenger numbers plummet last year. At the end of the 2020, the airline announced it had carried around 2 million passengers in the year instead of the 12 million it had expected to fly.

According to the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily, tourism is reviving, especially to exotic destinations because they impose less restrictions.

This has resulted in LOT "returning to close cooperation with tour operators" in the hope that it will be able to make use of its long-distance Dreamliner fleet, wrote the paper.

Since the start of the pandemic the airline has had to suspend many of its long-haul flights to locations such as Singapore, Miami and Dehli, which is why, the paper adds, “LOT wants to focus on tourism”.

Back in December, the Polish government raised LOT's capital by PLN 1.1 billion (EUR 243 million) in the first tranche of a government aid programme.