The elegant white-and-dark-blue LOT aircraft will leave Budapest for New York JFK at 11.55am on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and for Chicago O’Hare at 11.35am on Tuesdays and Saturdays. After the launch in May, the flights will continue throughout the year, in all seasons.

LOT’s 787s can accommodate 252 passengers, comprising 18 seats is business class, 21 in premium economy and 213 in conventional economy. Ticket sales have begun through all available channels, including www.lot.com.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said the direct link to the United States, the second-largest investor in Hungary, repairs a competitive disadvantage for Hungary. Szijjártó said the new routes also reinforce Visegrád Four cooperation.

Polish Deputy Prime Minster Mateusz Morewiecki stressed that there are common paths in Hungarian and Polish economic development, and the new air routes also serve this purpose. Morewiecki said the two countries would like to further diversify their economic relations and attract more investors to the region.

David Kostelancik, chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Budapest, commented: “The new flights will form yet another link between the United States and Poland and Hungary – two important allies in the region, and two countries that themselves have a long history of friendship.”

Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers added: “This is a truly historic moment for all three countries involved and creates a win-win situation for the passengers both in Hungary and in the US.” Lammers said market surveys clearly show these direct flights are in high demand and will be a huge success in all segments of travelers.

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