LOT Polish Airlines is today launching a new direct connection from London City Airport to the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius.
The carrier will offer up to 12 flights a week on this service and is the first to offer business class on a direct flight to the destination.
The new flight reflects increasing demand as Vilnius is a fast-rising city-break destination, with growing popularity among British travellers.
Last year alone the rise of the tourist numbers to Vilnius was 20 per cent.
Robert Sinclair, chief executive, London City Airport, commented: “We are excited to make Vilnius even more accessible from London.
“European capital cities have a lot in common, but we can celebrate our uniqueness, inspiring travellers to explore new places and return time and time again.”
In addition to the increased demand from leisure travellers, the new LCY-VNO flight route further enhances the destination’s appeal as a MICE and business travel destination.
The UK is one of the main investors in the Baltics (according to FDI markets) and Lithuanian business have strong export relations with the UK.
Vilnius mayor, Remigijus Simasius, welcomed the new flight route.
He said: “Vilnius is delighted to have another direct link to a likeminded capital, and we look forward to welcome more UK guests to the city, hoping they discover all that we have in common, together with Vilnius’ unique identity.
“London City Airport is easily accessible, much like Vilnius airport, and our cities are both share a walkable, friendly ambience where history, culture, food and language combine to create a destination of distinction. London and Vilnius are closer than ever.”