2017 06 22
On Saturday, 17 June, the first plane left Palanga Airport for Saint Petersburg, which is considered to be the cultural capital of Russia. The airline "RusLine" now offers direct flights from the Lithuanian seaside to Russia. Saint Petersburg will be directly accessible throughout the summer season, until the middle of September.

"We are happy to offer a new destination to our passengers. Saint Petersburg is a very beautiful city, which is becoming increasingly popular among Lithuanians. We have no doubts that this summer one of the most impressive cities in Russia will be visited by many tourists hungry for cultural experiences. Of course, we do not doubt that the new destination will also attract even more tourists to our seaside and contribute to tourism development in Lithuania," says Marius Gelžinis, the Director of Palanga Airport.

M. Gelžinis also notes that this season Palanga Airport offers the largest number of destinations.

"This summer, the map of Palanga Airport, to which the flight to Saint Petersburg was added, set a new record. At the moment, travellers may reach a total of ten cities from Palanga: London and Glasgow in the United Kingdom; Kiev, the capital of Ukraine; Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark; Minsk, the capital of Belarus; the neighbouring capital cities Riga and Warsaw; Oslo, the capital of Norway, and Russian megapolises: Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Nine airlines operate these flights at Palanga Airport: "RusLine", "Ryanair", "Wizz Air", "airBaltic", "LOT", "Norwegian Air Shuttle", "Belavia", "SAS", and "Ukraine International Airlines"," says the director of Palanga Airport.

He also reminds that last year Palanga Airport reached a record high number of passengers: almost 233,000 passengers were handled here in a year, that is, 60% more than in 2015. This result did not go unnoticed on the aviation market as Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) recognised Palanga Airport as one of the fastest-growing airports in Europe.

The beginning of this year shows that Palanga Airport does not intend to rest on its laurels. Within the first five months of 2017, the seaside airport handled almost 106,000 passengers, that is, 45% more than during the same period last year.

About Palanga Airport
Palanga Airport belongs to the network of Lithuanian airports that includes three air gateways in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga. In 2016, they handled 4.8 million passengers and 52,000 flights. During the summer season, 16 airlines offer 84 routes to 59 cities in 26 countries from Lithuanian airports. According to Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), Lithuanian Airports contribute 2.5 per cent to Lithuania's GDP.

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