Polish flag carrier LOT launches flights to Miami

Polish flag carrier LOT launches flights to Miami. Rafał Guz/PAP

LOT Polish Airlines inaugurated a new route from Warsaw to Miami on Saturday, the airline's ninth connection to the USA and the first direct flight between Poland and Florida.

Around 500,000 passengers a year fly from Central Europe to Florida, of which 60,000 fly from Poland, LOT Vice President Michał Fijoł said. Speaking just before the take-off of first flight on the new route, Fijoł highlighted that passengers aboard the plane were travelling from Prague, Budapest, Vilnius, Riga and Kiev.

"Miami is not just about tourism, but also the economy," Fijoł elaborated. "A very strong economy from where, on board our planes, we will host not only tourists but also businesspeople who will work on Polish-American economic relations." He added that the first Dreamliner flight was also carrying almost 20 tonnes of cargo including car parts and electronic goods.

Fijoł went on to state that around half a million people of Polish origin live in Florida, explaining that the new connection is an attempt to meet the expectations of the local Polish diaspora.

The flight from Warsaw's Chopin airport to Miami will take 11 hours and 25 minutes and will run four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in addition to Saturdays.