Lithuanian Airports are not slowing down: the number of passengers has been increasing
In September, a growth in the number of passengers has been observed in all Lithuanian Airports compared to the same period of last year. The greatest increase was noted in the number of people traveling from Vilnius Airport to Stockholm, Tallinn, Kiev and Oslo and those going from Kaunas to London and Copenhagen. Palanga Airport continues surprising with its growth rate (of 61 percent) being the second in Europe. It was outrun solely by Oradea Airport in Romania.
Regular flights from Vilnius are carried out in 55 directions, new flights also caught the people’s interest - direct flights from Vilnius to Birmingham, Zurich, Nice and Lvov in Ukraine are available this year.
“The growth in the number of passengers has been observed in as many as 34 destinations going from Vilnius Airport, and new flights have also lived up to plans and expectations. The number of passengers to Stockholm, Tallinn and Kiev has increased the most, which can be explained by a good and convenient flight schedule and active airline marketing actions”, – said Artūras Stankevičius, Director of Vilnius Airports.
Vilnius Airport has already served more than three million passengers and improved its past year’s results by 15 percent. More than 10 000 people travelled in new destinations (Birmingham, Berlin Schoenefeld Airport, Zurich, Nice and Lvov).
Among the best small airports
Palanga Airport has demonstrated excellent results of three quarters, and in September it served 61 percent more passengers than during the same period of last year. This was mainly determined by popularity of new destinations - flights were launched to Warsaw, Kiev, Minsk and two London airports (Stansted and Luton). London Luton Airport is the most popular destination among those travelling from Palanga.
“The figures have shown that all new destinations from Palanga lived up to their expectations. Palanga Airport has remained competitive and has grown at a fantastic pace. In September, we served almost 10 000 passengers more than in the same period of last year”, - said Marius Gelžinis, Director of Palanga Airport.
Palanga Airport falls within the category of small airports (with less than 5 million passengers per year), with the length of its aircraft runway being 2 300 m.
The Airports Council International (ACI Europe) also reported that the number of passengers has grown in Europe because of low-cost airlines offering an increasing number of destinations. “Low-cost airlines have grown steadily, offering new destinations resulting in the greatest benefit to small and medium-sized airports” - said, Director General of ACI Europe Olivier Jankovec.
The specialist also emphasized that Amsterdam was the only one out of five largest airports able to boast good results. The number of passengers in London Heathrow Airport remained stable, while airports of Frankfurt, Paris and Istanbul had fewer passengers.
Both Ryanair and Wizzair flying from Kaunas
Since the end of March, Wizzair has launched its flights from Kaunas to Luton Airport. These airlines together with more frequent flights of Ryanair going in this direction made London the most popular destination from Kaunas Airport in September of this year.
In September, there were 9 000 passengers more going from London to Kaunas compared to the same period of last year. Also, the number of people flying to Copenhagen, Malta, Alicante, Shannon and Paphos increased.
There were flights going in 15 regular destinations from Kaunas in September.