The 4th of June 2024 witnessed the inaugural flight of LOT Polish Airlines to the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has become the second city on the Arabian Peninsula in the national carrier’s flight network, after Dubai. The debut flight to Saudi Arabia marks yet another – following Tashkent, Athens and Oradea – new destination in 2024.

The 4th of June witnessed the launch of a new direct flight to Riyadh. With its inimitable combination of extensive cultural heritage, state-of-the-art landmarks, and traditional hospitality, Saudi Arabia is poised to captivate worldwide travellers. Through the Vision 2030 initiative, Saudi Arabia is expanding its tourism sector, while EU, UK and US citizens can now cross borders under an online visa programme, which opens up access for Western tourists to the country’s extensive list of attractions.  

Direct flights operated by LOT Polish Airlines connecting Poland and Saudi Arabia will be run three times a week. From Warsaw Chopin Airport, they will be flying on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3.20 p.m. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by LOT Polish Airlines will embark on their return journey on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:25 a.m. local time. The flight to Riyadh will take 5 hours and 45 minutes while the return trip 5 hours and 30 minutes.

As the national carrier, we are aiming to be the first choice and partner for passengers in Poland and the CEE region in terms of exploring new travel offers. Therefore, we are all the more enthusiastic about the opening of the new route to Riyadh. A direct route between Warsaw and the capital of Saudi Arabia creates new opportunities, both for the tourism and business sectors. This testifies to our commitment to expanding LOT Polish Airlines’ international route network. Riyadh is a vibrant hub for culture and commerce, and by making it easily accessible, we are contributing to dynamic exchanges that will deliver mutual benefits for these two regions - says Michał Fijoł, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.

Saudi Arabia – a country with a history dating back 2,800 years

Saudi Arabia is the 12th largest country in the world with around 2,500 km of coastline and a history dating back 2,800 years. It is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ten thousand archaeological sites as well as to a remarkable array of landscapes. The country’s heart and capital is Riyadh – this is a city where tradition comes together with innovation. The capital is a bustling centre of commerce and culture, offering state-of-the-art infrastructure alongside traditional venues. Whether it is the National Museum or the Masmak Fortress, they all give an overview of the country’s heritage. On the other hand, the city’s futuristic skyline, luxury shopping malls and world-class dining attract the attention of all visitors who are looking for innovative solutions.

Warsaw – the capital of Poland and a transfer hub

Warsaw Chopin Airport is the main hub for LOT Polish Airlines, playing a crucial role in connecting passengers from all over the world. With its strategic location in the very heart of Europe, the airport serves as the perfect transfer location for both business and holiday travellers. 

As a result of the Riyadh-Warsaw connection, not only do passengers from the Arabian Peninsula can enjoy easy access to Poland, but they also have the opportunity to discover the abundance of other appealing destinations available in the Polish carrier’s flight network. LOT operates a wide range of direct flights to major Western European destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. For those planning transatlantic travel, LOT Polish Airlines also provides direct flights to Canada and the United States, including Toronto, New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.

Tickets for flights from Riyadh are now available via sales channels on lot.com, LOT Contact Centre and in LOT Travel offices.