On July 3, 2017, PLL LOT launched direct flights between Kraków and Chicago – a connection which citizens of Kraków, Małopolska and the entirety of Southern Poland had waited for for a long time.
It is estimated that every year over 90,000 passengers fly between these two cities with stopover. It is the 9th long-haul flight and the 6th flight to North America that the Polish airlines have launched. The flight to Chicago is one of the 27th new connections from Kraków Airport in 2017.The official ceremony took place in the passenger terminal and was inaugurated by Radosław Włoszek, the President of Kraków Airport Management Board, and Rafał Milczarski, the President of PLL LOT Management Board. The ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Construction and Infrastructure, the U.S. Consul General in Kraków, the parliament representatives, regional and local authorities, representatives of companies and institutions cooperating with the airport and passengers of the inaugural flight.