2018 02 05

In November 2017, Lithuanian Airports serviced 414,000 customers, which is by 16% more compared to the same period last year. In addition, in November, the number of flights in all of the country’s airports increased by 8%. Good results were mainly due to the record-breaking growth of Vilnius Airport following the reconstruction of its runway and the continuous increase in the supply of scheduled flights.

According to Gediminas Almantas, CEO of Lithuanian Airports, the biggest rise in the number of passengers serviced was recorded at Vilnius Airport. It reached 18% and exceeded the number of 332,000 passengers. November is not the first month when the capital’s airport demonstrates an impressive double-digit growth rate.

In second and third place, we find Kaunas Airport with 65,000 passengers serviced and Palanga Airport with 17,000 passengers accordingly.

“In November, we also observed the growth in flight numbers across all of the country’s airports. Vilnius once again holds leading positions as it successfully serviced by 9% more flights. Kaunas Airport increased this indicator by 7%, while Palanga’s numbers grew by 3%,” states Mr. Gediminas Almantas.

In November, growth in the number of passengers serviced at Lithuanian airports exceeded the average growth rates compared not only to other EU airports, but also to the five largest continental airports. According to the Airports Council International (ACI Europe), the number of passengers in the EU airports increased by 7.4% in the third quarter of 2017. Meanwhile, passenger flows grew by 5.8% in five busiest airports of Europe (Istanbul Atatürk, Amsterdam, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and London Heathrow Airports).

Director of Lithuanian Airports notes that as of November 2017, passengers are offered by six regular flight directions more than in November 2016. The number of regular flights has already reached 74, of which 55 are from Vilnius, 14 from Kaunas and 5 from Palanga airports.

“We are pleased that flight selection from the country’s airports is constantly growing. Of course, the growing network of air connections with major European cities is a great boost to increase passenger and flight volumes,” says Mr. Gediminas Almantas.

In November, Lithuanian airports did not only increase the number of flights and passengers serviced, but also the number of goods transported by air. Overall, 989,000 tons of cargo were transported through Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga airports, which is almost by a quarter more than during the same period in 2016.

About Lithuanian Airports

The Lithuanian airport network includes three airports in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga. During 2016, they serviced 4.8 million passengers and 52 thousand flights. During the winter season, 17 airlines organize flights in 65 directions to 56 cities in 26 countries. Based on data of the Airports Council International (ACI Europe), Lithuanian Airports contribute to the Lithuania’s GDP by 2.5 percent. 

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