LOT Polish Airlines will make its debut at London City airport on January 7, serving Poland’s capital up to twice a day.

In order to operate the new route to Warsaw Chopin Airport, the airline has bought four Embraer 190 aircraft, compatible with London City airport.

These will also be used to operate a new London City-Budapest service from February 19 and a link to Vilnius, Lithuania, in May.

Rafal Milczarski, LOT Polish Airlines’ chief executive, said: “We are very proud to fast-track our development in London City airport, connecting it with three European capitals: Warsaw, Budapest and Vilnius and giving our passengers an access to the very heart of London.

“There is a great potential in high passenger demand for each one of these routes.”

A business reception was held yesterday (December 13) at the British embassy in Warsaw to celebrate the new link, which has been hailed as a boost to the £15.5 billion of trade made between the two countries in 2017.

It is also estimated that at least one million Poles have moved to the UK since 2004.

Jonathan Knott, British ambassador to Poland, said: “British-Polish relations are stronger than ever, with close cooperation between governments and unprecedented people to people links. LOT’s new route to London City Airport shortens the distance between our countries even further, boosting business and tourism.”

Robert Sinclair (pictured), London City airport chief executive, added: “The new Warsaw-London City link is great for the UK and for Poland, to ensure we maintain a close working partnership now and in the future.

“For the many thousands of Poles that have made the global city of London their home, this route will also provide a link for friends and relatives in both directions to visit.”

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