San Francisco lands another new nonstop to Europe, with LOT Polish

Oct 7, 2019

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San Francisco will see an influx of new European carriers next year, with LOT Polish Airlines the latest to land in the California city.

The Star Alliance carrier will begin new service between its Warsaw (WAW) base and San Francisco (SFO) on Aug. 5, SFGate reported and the airport confirmed Monday. The new route will operate four days a week — Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — with a Boeing 787 aircraft.

LOT joins Alitalia in announcing new service to San Francisco in the past week. Last week, the Italian carrier unveiled plans to add service between Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and San Francisco on June 1.

Both announcements followed Icelandair’s disclosure that it will end flights to San Francisco in January. The Icelandic carrier cited “commercial reasons,” as well as the ongoing impact of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding, for the move.

Related: Icelandair axes Kansas City, San Francisco routes

“We are thrilled that LOT Polish Airlines has chosen SFO for their nonstop flights to Warsaw,” SFO airport director Ivar Satero said in a statement. “This move reinforces SFO as the international gateway of choice for the San Francisco Bay Area.”

With LOT’s new route, San Francisco will boast nonstops to 19 cities in Europe next summer, according to Diio by Cirium schedules. United Airlines, which operates a large hub at the Bay Area airport, operates six of those routes.

LOT was not immediately available to comment on the new route.

Featured image by Rod Dermo / Planespotters.net.

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