After analyzing some of Europe’s flag carriers (e.g., Air France) and low-cost airlines (Wizz Air, Ryanair, easyJet), we now look at Poland’s flag carrier. Therefore, we checked the latest performance figures and analyzed LOT’s operational performance. As a result, we provide you with details about LOT’s flight volume, conduct a comparison to pre-COVID, and take a closer look at punctuality and reliability in August. However, if you want to discover LOT’s performance from February to July first — here’s the link you need.
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LOT Polish Airlines — August Performance Summary
- LOT recorded only a small flight volume increase in August. Overall, Poland’s flag carrier operated 6,800 flights.
- In August, LOT operated roughly 40% of its pre-COVID volume.
- Punctuality-wise, LOT recorded a weak month and dropped even below its annual average.
- Flight schedule reliability remained strong.
LOT Polish Airlines — Flight Volume
In August, LOT —again— operates far less than 10,000 flights. Although LOT managed to increase its flight volume further, the growth rate was quite moderate compared to many other carriers (easyJet, Vueling, etc.). However, when looking at the entire year, LOT has maintained a steady —moderate— growth. As a result, LOT’s August flight volume was up 105% compared to the annual, monthly average.
LOT Polish Airlines — Pre-COVID Comparison
Unfortunately, LOT is still far away from its pre-COVID flight volume. In August, the Polish airline operated ~43% of the volume in 2019. In other words, LOT operated more than 5,000 fewer flights than pre-pandemic.
Overall, it seems that low-cost airlines —so far— have recovered much better than legacy airlines. While other flag carriers such as British Airways struggle with 30%-40% of pre-COVID volume, airlines like Wizz Air, Ryanair, or Vueling are already back >80% level.
LOT Polish Airlines — Punctuality and Reliabiltiy
LOT closed the month with an on-time performance of 83.9%. Therefore, the airline showed a weak performance compared to both the annual average and the previous months. Moreover, compared to leading European airlines, LOT sees a gap of 15%. Nevertheless, on the other side, the airline still operates above the European and global punctuality average.
Punctuality counts the number of flights that arrive +15/-15 minutes to their scheduled arrival time and relates that to the overall number of performed flights.
Unlike its weak punctuality, LOT delivered a strong result in terms of schedule reliability. Out of 6,800 flights, the Polish flag carrier had to cancel only 13 flights. As a result, LOT completed the month with a flight schedule reliability of 99.8%.
Reliability counts the number of flights that actually have been operated and relates to the overall number of scheduled flights. Subsequently, the gap to 100% is flights that have been canceled.
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