After a record-breaking year in 2015 that saw Lithuanian Airports service 4.2 million passengers and operate 50,000 flights, the Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports have plans to keep the momentum going.
The six-month statistics show that from January through to June, Lithuanian Airports have already serviced 2.2 million passengers, which represents a 14.6 percent increase over the same period last year. The number of flights over the same period also grew by 4.2 percent.
The highest growth was observed at Palanga Airport: the first half of 2016 saw the influx of almost 97,000 passengers, which is a 53 percent increase compared to the period from January through to June in 2015. The next runner-up is Vilnius Airport with passenger traffic growing by 15 percent: from 1.5 million to almost 1.8 million passengers. Additionally, this year Kaunas Airport welcomed 20,000 more passengers than over the same period last year, achieving a 6 percent growth.
“Over the first half of 2016 Lithuanian Airports welcomed several new airlines and announced more than 10 new routes. The passenger traffic statistics show that passengers value our efforts to expand our route network and to increase the country’s accessibility. We are benefitting from a positive market response to marketing measures used by Lithuanian Airports in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Communications and with the cities of Kaunas and Vilnius, and the Klaipeda region’s municipalities for the improvement of the accessibility of Lithuania,” said Director General of Lithuanian Airports, Gediminas Almantas.
All three Lithuanian Airports have had new developments this year. The most significant changes were observed at Palanga Airport, who over the six-month period, welcomed five new airline companies: Wizz Air launched flights to Luton in London, Ryanair to Stansted in London, LOT Polish Airlines to Warsaw, Belavia to Moscow, and Ukraine International Airlines to Kiev. Vilnius Airport’s newcomer, Germania, launched direct flights to and from Zurich. The airport of the Lithuanian capital has also launched flights to Birmingham, expanded communication with Tallinn, London and Antalya. Kaunas Airport’s newcomer Wizz Air started operating flights to Luton in London, along with Ryanair.