LOT Polish Airlines, founded in 1928, celebrated 90 years in the air by announcing New Delhi as its newest destination early this year. The new route will connect the capitals of India and Poland with the first flight scheduled on September 17, 2019.
With more than 9 million passengers travelling between Europe and India, LOT is seeing an opportunity to shorten the distance and time it takes to travel between the two regions.
Flight LO 071 from Warsaw to Delhi will take just under 7 hours from take-off to landing, while the return flight, LO 072 from Delhi to Warsaw will take 8 hours.
LOT Airlines airlines will fly a three-class Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft five times a week between Warsaw-Chopin International Airport (WAW) and New Delhi Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL). These flights will feature an exclusive menu featuring Indian as well as Singapore style dishes on board.
|LO 071||Warsaw at 10:40 pm||Tuesday,
|Delhi at 9:00 am (next day)|
|LO 072||Delhi at 11:15 am||Monday,
|Warsaw at 3:50 pm|
From Warsaw (WAW), LOT connects to airports in cities with significant Indian populations such as New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX), Toronto (YYZ), London Heathrow (LHR) and London City Airport (LCY).
The opening of a new route and a new airline will give Indian passengers an additional choice in planning their journey to Europe and North America while presenting an additional incentive to visit Poland.
Poland and India have maintained close and friendly relations. Poland sent its first ambassador to the Mughal court as early as the 16th century. Many Sanskrit texts were already being translated into Polish since that time.
Indian statesmen were bitterly opposed to the Nazi and the Soviet occupation of Poland during World War II. Both powers were hostile to the existence of sovereign Poland, Polish people, and the Polish culture aiming at their destruction.
The princely state of Nawanagar, in present-day Jamnagar, Gujarat welcomed a shipload of over 5000 Polish refugees including 1000 children escaping Soviet occupation, even when India itself was undergoing the hardship of famine.
LOT is hoping that this route to New Delhi will open up more opportunities to connect with India, as well as boost its cargo operations.
Currently, India’s major exports to Poland are pharmaceuticals, followed by Tea, Coffee, Spices and textiles; while Poland sends artificial resins, plastic material, non-ferrous metals and machine tools to India.
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Warsaw: a capital risen from ashes
With a population of 1.8 million people, Warsaw is the largest city in Poland and a significant cultural, political and economic hub of the country. It is an emerging centre for Business and commerce in Europe. The economic liberalization policies implemented by the government in the 1990s, which eased government regulations and restrictions on participating businesses, saved Poland from the great recession of 2008.
Warsaw one of the most beautiful cities in the world until the German invasion of 1939. After the Warsaw uprising in 1944, the infuriated Nazis punished the city by razing more than 90% of its buildings to the ground. An immense part of Warsaw's cultural heritage was destroyed and much of it remains lost to this day.
The city was rebuilt from the 1950s to the 1970s by the Polish people with Soviet help in the 1950s to the 1970s. Warsaw's cityscape can be described as modern and contemporary, and it has one of the highest numbers of modern skyscrapers in Europe.
Warsaw-Okęcie Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) is the largest airport in Poland, with 42 airlines serving 140 destinations around the world. It is one of the most centrally located airports in Europe and thus popular with cargo companies looking to minimize the time and cost of delivering goods anywhere in Europe.
UPS, for example, operates express services from Warsaw to East Asian hubs such as Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong.
Located only 10kms from the city centre Warsaw Chopin Airport is easily accessible by trains that run every 15 minutes, and busses that run 24 hours a day.
LOT Polish Airlines is the largest operator at Warsaw, serving around than 90 destinations around the world. The longest routes it operates from Warsaw are to Los Angeles (12:20h), Singapore (11:50h) and Tokyo (10:25h)
The second-largest airline at Warsaw Chopin Airport is Hungary based low-cost airline, Wizz Air which operates a hub there, making direct flights to more than 45 destinations in Europe.
Warsaw's other airport is Modlin Airport (WMI). It is used almost exclusively by Ryanair, which serves about 45 destinations across Europe and the Middle East.
Hotels in Warsaw
If you are planning to visit Poland, prepare to soak in its rich cultural heritage, stunning historic sites and gorgeous landscapes. Most of Warsaw's attractions are located in the Centrum District, where you will discover the meticulously reconstructed Old Town, the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the National Museum. You will learn how the city rose from the ashes of Nazi occupation to become one of the most modern cities in Europe.
Warsaw has a range of accommodations for the budget traveller and you will find places to sleep at a reasonable cost in the city centre as well as in hotels near the airport.
Warsaw is 3 hours away (by Express Intercity EIC/EIP trains) from Krakow, the medieval capital of Poland. Kraków preserves the memories of Poland's Royal heritage with castles, cemeteries and museums.
Many travellers to Kraków make a trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex. It is located just outside Oświęcim, 65km east of Kraków. This camp was responsible for the murder of 1.1 million people alone during the Nazi occupation. 90% of them were Jews.
Catholic visitors to Kraków may also travel southwest to Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II, Pontifex Maximus of the Vatican, who died in 2005.
Delhi: the Rajdhani of the hearts
The National Capital Territory of Delhi is India's second largest metropolis after Mumbai. It is located within the much larger, National Capital Region and surrounded by several districts of the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. India's capital and the seat of its Central Government in New Delhi is one of eleven districts of Delhi.
Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Archeological evidence of habitation has been found dating back 7th century BC. Delhi has been the capital of several empires since the 12th century when Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad Ghori captured the city and laid the foundations for the Delhi Sultanate.
Delhi reached its zenith during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan. He built Shahjahanabad between 1638 and 1649 AD and filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. The Jama Masjid, the Lal Qila and Chandni Chowk, all iconic sites of Old Delhi, exist from that period.
Mughal Cuisine originated in Delhi in the courts of the Sultans and the Shahanshahs. Heavily inspired by the flavours of Central Asia and Persia, Mughal cuisine distinguishes itself with a rich base of cream, milk butter and extensive use of spices like saffron, cardamom, black pepper, dry fruits and nuts.
Some of Delhi's restaurants are known worldwide such as Karim's, Moti Mahal Deluxe and Bukhara which serve classic north Indian dishes such as Nihari, Samosa, Tandoori Chicken, Qeema Matar, Shahi Paneer and varieties of Kebabs.
Delhi is India's largest commercial centre. Information technology, telecommunications, hotels, banking, media and tourism are its most important sectors. Since historic times, Delhi has been a favourite destination for shoppers. Some of its markets have been in existence since the 1500s AD.
Chandni Chowk is Asia's largest wholesale market. Within it are several bazaars each dedicated to a specific category of products. Khari Baoli is Asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea. Dariba is the market for silver and gold jewelry. Nai Sarak is the wholesale market of stationery, books, paper and decorative materials.
Delhi served by Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL), located on the south-western side of the city. It is the busiest airport in India (overtaking Mumbai in 2015). It is currently being expanded to handle up to 100 million passengers a year by 2030. Passenger numbers on Domestic routes far surpass those on International destinations combined.
Mumbai (BOM) is the busiest route from Delhi, with over 7 million passengers yearly. This is more than the number of passengers travelling to the next most popular destinations, Bengaluru (BLR), Kolkata (CCU) and Hyderabad (HYD).
Indra Gandhi International Airport (DEL) is connected to the Orange Line of the Delhi Metro, which takes you straight to the heart of the city at New Delhi Railway Station. It is located adjacent to National Highway 48, which connects Delhi to Gurugram, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru.
Delhi has hundreds of hotels and lodges available for the budget traveller. However, if the quality is imperative, then you will have to look a little farther than the centre of the city. Delhi's top hotels such as the Taj Mahal, Le Meridian, The Oberoi and the Imperial are located in New Delhi, catering to politicians, diplomats and businessmen. The south side of the city, near the airport, also has International chains such as Holiday Inn, Radisson, Marriot, Novotel and Pullman.
For the tourist and the backpacker, a number of hotels are located just west of Old Delhi in Paharganj and Karol Bagh. These locations are easy to access by the metro and close to Delhi's most popular sites and markets.
About LOT Polish Airlines
Commencing operations in 1928, LOT Polish Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in the world, still operating today. LOT means "Flight" in Polish, from the word Lotnicze, meaning Airline.
LOT is headquartered in Warsaw and serves over 131 destinations in Europe, Asia and North America. It is a member of the Star Alliance Airline Network and is fully integrated with the Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program by Lufthansa.