The year 2015 for SE Lithuanian Airports was record-breaking with 11% growth in the numbers of served passengers reaching 4.2 million. It means that the passenger flow through Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports has reached beyond the entire population of Lithuania with over 50 thousand flights. This year is to see an even wider choice of destinations.
Two new airlines announced the commencement of their operations in Vilnius airport. This summer, a Spanish low cost airline Vueling is to offer flights to Barcelona, while Germania is to connect Lithuanian capital with Zurich. It is planned that in 2016, 19 airlines will be operating regular flights from Vilnius to 44 destinations (54 airports) in Europe and beyond. The flight map is to be further expanded by at least 6 charter flight companies.
Last year Vilnius airport serviced more than 3 million passengers per year – for the first time in its history! In 2015 the capital serviced 3.3 million passengers – 13.4% more than in 2014. This number was reached due to new direct flights to Odessa, Saint Petersburg, Memingen, Bilund, Glasgow, Belfast, Malmo and Madrid. Connections with Oslo, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Kiev, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Bergen, Doncaster, Dortmund, Stavanger, Barcelona, Bremen, Brussels and Milan were also improved.
Other Lithuanian airports – Kaunas and Palanga – will be offering more flights too. The choice of carriers operating from Kaunas is expanding: along with Ryanair, Kaunas airport will offer flights with Wizz Air aircrafts to be operating flights to London 5 times per week. Over the summer, Palanga airport will be offering flights with as many as 8 different carriers – twice as much compared to the last year. Palanga airport will be operating flights with low cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air, which will be carrying passengers to London. They are to be joined by Belavia with flights to Minsk and LOT offering convenient connection to Warsaw.