Ryanair celebrates 10 years in Lithuania
Ten years ago, on 22 September, a Ryanair aircraft took off for its first flight from Kaunas Airport to London Stansted Airport. The airline has continued uninterrupted operation on this route from Kaunas to this day; nearly 1.5 million passengers already took this flight. In total, the airline handled over 5.8 million passengers over its ten years of operation at Kaunas Airport.
In 2005 Ryanair started its operations in Lithuania with the flights from Kaunas to London Stansted Airport. A year later the airline expanded the scope of its operations and it already operates on 18 routes from Kaunas Airport. The only airline offering regular flights from Kaunas now handles roughly 700,000 passengers per year.
“We are glad that a close cooperation with the Irish airline enabled Lithuanians to discover the pleasure of independent trip planning. Currently, passengers can conveniently reach 16 European cities from Kaunas Airport. In November Israel will be added to the route map. We actively cooperate with Ryanair to be able to offer Lithuanians to travel to the destinations where they have never been before," said Bruno Kaspar, Director at Kaunas Airport.
In 2010 Ryanair opened its first base in the Eastern and Central European region in Kaunas. Back then the low-cost airline had two aircrafts in Kaunas. This summer Ryanair expanded its fleet by the third aircraft – it was moved to Kaunas after closing Ryanair base in Copenhagen. The airline also operates its aircraft maintenance and repair hangar at Kaunas Airport where it performs the maintenance of its aircrafts.
The Irish airline does not have plans to reduce its operations in Lithuania - in November Ryanair will launch flights from Kaunas Airport to Eilat, a resort city in Israel.
The airline currently offers flights to 13 destinations from Vilnius Airport and it is the second most popular airline in the capital by the number of passengers handled per year.