Overview

LOT Polish Airlines, popularly known as LOT, is based in Warsaw and is the flag carrier of Poland. It has 59 aircraft and a further 21 aircraft on order. It operates passenger and cargo services domestically as well as internationally. Its main hub is the Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport. It was originally established in 1929, making it one of the oldest airlines in the world. Operations literally ceased during World War II. Its airline IATA code is LO and ICAO code and Callsign are LOT.

Flying Route

LOT operates 50 routes through Europe, the Middle East, America and Canada. It flies to Tel Aviv, Toronto and three airports in the United States. It flies to a number of destinations in Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. It also operates a number of domestic flights.

Check-In

Online check-in is available on purchase of an E ticket and can be done as early as 24 hours before the flight and up to two hours before the scheduled departure. Check-in time varies from two to four hours before flight time. The longer time is for flights to the United States. Telephone check-in is also available as long as the passenger is travelling with only hand baggage. It is available up to one hour before the flight time. Boarding card has to be retrieved at airport on presenting necessary ID and at least 30 minutes before departure.

Baggage

For flights to the United States and Canada the piece system of check-in baggage is enforced subject to two pieces weighing less than 32 kg/70 lbs. For all other flights the weight limitation for baggage is 20 kg/44 lbs for Economy and 30 kg/66 lbs for Business Class passengers. Children under two years for whom a fare is charged can carry an item of luggage of 10 kgs/22 lbs. Cabin baggage is allowed, one piece for Economy and two pieces for Business Class. There are weight and dimensional limitations. Frequent flyers are allowed concessions in baggage that can be allowed. Excess baggage is charged between 10 euros and 20 euros per kg.

Traveling Infants

Passengers travelling with an infant can use a cradle facility that has to be booked in advance. Use of the cradle is restricted to children under six months. Infants below two years are charged at a rate of 90 percent of the standard fare, and are not allowed to occupy a separate seat and have to be carried on the lap of the accompanying adult. This is not applicable to special tariffs or promotion under which the passenger may be flying. Infants have to be under the care of an adult at all times. Travelling with two infants needs a second seat to be booked.

Minors

Children less than five years of age may travel alone provided the paid service of an additional flight attendant is ensured. Children between five and 12 may travel unaccompanied subject to certain rules and will be assisted by members of the crew on flights and ground personnel at airports. These services have to be paid for. Children between two and 12 years of age have to pay a fare which may be 20 to 33 percent of normal adult fare, depending on the sector they are travelling in. Children between the age of 12 and 17 may also us this facility if a special request is made.

Pets

Dogs and cats are allowed to travel in the cabin as long as they are under the weight of 8 kg/17 lbs which includes the container in which they are travelling. Proper vet and vaccination certificates are essential as are tattoos or microchips for identification. Service dogs can travel without a container as long as they are kept muzzled. Weight restrictions also do not apply for them. The intention to travel with an animal has to be made clear at the time of booking the flight. Passengers who have booked in with pets will not be allowed to occupy the first few rows in the class they are travelling by.

Frequent Flyer Program

Five hundred award miles are available for every online booking in addition to the normal miles for the Miles and More frequent flyer program of LOT. Miles are also added on with hotel booking, car rentals and shopping. They also have a link up with credit cards like Citibank and Diners, and extra miles get added on with the use of these cards.

In Flight Services

Beverages, alcoholic drinks and other juices are available in both classes of travel. Meals are offered on international flights. Video and audio devices are available on intercontinental flights.

Airlines Magazine

The flight magazine Kaleidoscope is a monthly publication of 160 pages. It is neutral in its views and publishes information on all destinations that are on its flight routes.

Airlines Alliances

LOT is a member of the Star Alliance which serves 842 airports in 152 countries. At present Star Alliance has 21 airlines in its group.

Contact Information

Its website is available at www.lot.com. cURL Error: