2016 08 23

Passenger traffic up 14.6% year-on-year

After a record-breaking year of 2015, when 4.2 million passengers were serviced and 50,000 flights were operated at Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports, Lithuanian Airports had no intention to stop. The 6-month statistics show that 2.2 million people already travelled through the three Lithuanian civil air gateways from January to June this year, i.e. by 14.6% more compared to the same period last year. Over the same period the number of flights rose by 4.2%.

Palanga Airport shows the highest growth - nearly 97,000 passengers were serviced during the first half of 2016, i.e. 53% more compared to the same period last year. The next runner-up is Vilnius Airport, which recorded a 15% growth in passenger traffic - from 1.5 million to nearly 1.8 million. Kaunas Airport welcomed nearly 351,000 passengers, showing a 6% growth.

We are happy about your decision to travel through Lithuanian airports. We expand the network of direct connections and gladly welcome you to Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga every day!

New routes
Wizz Air: Vilnius - Grenoble

On 14 January next year Wizz Air will launch flights from Vilnius to Grenoble, ‘Capital of the Alps’, in France. Flights to the city surrounded by mountains will be operated once a week - on Saturdays.

Ukraine International Airlines: Vilnius – Lviv

Direct flights on the Vilnius-Lviv route will be launched on 16 September. Flights to the largest city in Western Ukraine will be operated throughout the year three times a week.


Wizz Air: Vilnius – Nice
Wizz Air’s newest route links Vilnius and the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d'Azur, Nice being its capital, directly twice a week.

What's new at the airports?
Kaunas: a date with a plane

Kaunas Airport hosted the Open Door Day, which is already turning into a traditional event. We invited everyone to have a date with a plane!

Vilnius: two million passengers

On 20 July, Vilnius Airport saw off its two-millionth passenger - compared to the previous year, this milestone in passenger traffic was achieved almost a month earlier.

Vilnius: an unexpected music performance

Accordionist Tadas Motiečius and soprano Dovilė Kazonaitė, getting ready for the festival Accordion Music Week , gave a concert at the airport. By performing several works to departing passengers, the duo gave a perfect illustration of the festival motto ‘Music Closer to Us’.

Vilnius: the Lithuanian World Unity Day

On 17 July, Kirtimai Cultural Centre commemorated the Lithuanian World Unity Day at the airport. That day the returning passengers and the people waiting for them in the waiting hall were welcomed with various cultural initiatives.

At the airports - the international Missing Type campaign

Lithuanian airports joined the international blood donation campaign 'Missing Type'. It is the first time Lithuania participates in the campaign which seeks to make people think what would happen if a blood type suddenly went missing.

Vipcommunications - Lithuanian Airports' communication partners

Lithuanian Airports signed a 2-year agreement with the integrated communications agency vipcommunications . The new communication partners will be responsible for corporate, event and marketing communications, increasing brand awareness in foreign markets as well as contribute to the management of crisis communication.

News from airlines
9 million passengers already served by Ryanair in Lithuania

After more than 10 years in Lithuania, Ryanair sent its greetings to Lithuanian passengers in July. Over 6 million passengers were already carried through Kaunas Airport. A total of 9 million passengers travelled with Ryanair through all Lithuanian airports.

SAS – 70 years in the sky

This year the Scandinavian airline SAS celebrates 70 years as pioneers in the sky. The first flight, Stockholm to New York, took place on 17 September 1946. The journey took 25 hours with intermediate landings in Copenhagen, Prestwick and Gander airports. Then the true history of SAS had begun.

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