LOT Polish Airlines is consolidating all its services to New York at John F. Kennedy International Airport and is moving terminals to accommodate its increased schedule there.
On September 1, LOT Polish Airlines will move its operations at JFK from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1. LOT will also transfer all its current flights serving Newark Liberty International Airport to New York JFK on October 29.
According to the airline, this move will allow LOT to provide a more consistent and attractive schedule for its New York passengers, particularly those in the business community.
LOT Polish Airlines says the changes will also lead to improved service for passengers traveling from more than 80 cities within the U.S who are connecting to LOT flights from its U.S. partners. LOT recently announced a new partnership with JetBlue Airways at JFK.
According to LOT, its analysis shows JFK has greater traffic potential than Newark Liberty International Airport and better supports LOT’s mid- and long-term network strategy.
Terminal 1 at JFK is used by several of the world’s largest airlines, including some of LOT Polish Airlines’ Star Alliance partners. (For instance, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines serve Terminal 1.)
The Polish carrier says the changes in New York are an important part of its preparations to launch service with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in January 2013.
“We believe the consolidation of our flights from New York and terminal changes at JFK will provide better service to our existing and future passengers, particularly in light of our new partnership with JetBlue”, says Marcin Pirog, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.
The airline says passengers already booked on suspended Newark services will be offered a departure from JFK or a full refund of their tickets and will be notified by their travel agent or directly by LOT.