A new air link to the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius takes off from London City airport today (Wednesday).

LOT Polish Airlines is to run up to 12 flights a week on the route and is the first to offer business class on a direct flight to the Baltic destination.

The new service reflects increasing demand for Vilnius as a city-break destination, with a 20% rise in British travellers last year over 2017.

The city hit the headlines last year for its tourism campaign referring to Vilnius as ‘the G-spot of Europe’.

London City CEO Robert Sinclair said that the G-spot of Europe campaign was similar to the philosophy of the airport, daring to be different, standing out and brave.

“We are excited to make Vilnius even more accessible from London,” he added.

“European capital cities have a lot in common but we can celebrate our uniqueness, inspiring travellers to explore new places and return time and time again.”

Vilnius mayor Remigijus Simasius added: “Vilnius is delighted to have another direct link to a like-minded capital and we look forward to welcome more UK guests to the city, hoping they discover all that we have in common, together with Vilnius’ unique identity.

“London City airport is easily accessible, much like Vilnius airport, and our cities are both share a walkable, friendly ambience where history, culture, food and language combine to create a destination of distinction.”