WARSAW: Poland's national airline LOT may resume international flights in the next few weeks, State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin said on Monday (Jun 1), as the country gradually lifts restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.
State-controlled LOT restarted flights between the country's biggest cities, including Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow, and Wroclaw, from June 1.
"We hope that within a few weeks we will be able to release information about unfreezing international flights," Sasin told the news conference.
He said connections to countries included in the so-called Three Seas Initiative – which include the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Baltic States, Romania and Bulgaria – will be reopened first.
Poland, a country of 38 million people, has so far reported 23,987 cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, and 1,065 deaths.
Sasin said Polish airports struggling with the effects of a flight ban caused by the pandemic will receive support of 142 million zlotys (US$35.8 million) once the measure receives European Commission approval.
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