Lithuanian Airports Record an Increasing Number of Passengers and Flights
In November, the number of flights and passengers in Lithuanian Airports continued to increase. Compared with the same period last year, the number of passengers in November increased by 14%, and the number of flights increased by 6%. Such rapid growth was significantly influenced by nine new directions from Lithuanian Airports to various cities in Europe.
“The results of November 2016, compared with the same period last year, show a significant increase in the activity of Lithuanian Airports. The most rapid growth was observed in Palanga Airport, but the airports in Vilnius and Kaunas significantly contributed to the overall activity result of Lithuanian Airports as well.
The network of Lithuanian Airports in the Baltic Region demonstrates the fastest growth and we are the leader in terms of the number of passengers taking direct flights,” says Gediminas Almantas, the CEO at Lithuanian Airports.
In November, 281,000 passengers were handled in Vilnius Airport, that is, 12% more in comparison with the same period last year. In Kaunas Airport, the number of passengers increased by 10% and reached 56,000, while the most noticeable increase took place at Palanga Airport: 76% more passengers than in November 2015, or almost 19,000 passengers in November alone.
In November 2016, the results of Vilnius Airport were influenced by new destinations that immediately attracted the passengers’ interest: Birmingham, Nice, Bari, Reykjavík, Berlin. Flights to Leeds announced by the low-cost airline “Ryanair” became particularly popular. The number of passengers flying from Vilnius to Oslo, Tallinn, Stockholm, Warsaw and Kiev grew as well.
The improved results of Kaunas Airport were also caused by new destinations, which were introduced in Kaunas this autumn: Eindhoven, Stavanger, Bergen, Ålesund. Flights to these cities from Kaunas Airport are operated by the low-cost airline “Wizz Air”.
It is noted that during the aforementioned period it was the number of passengers flying to London from Palanga Airport that increased the most rapidly: passengers choose Luton Airport as well as Stansted Airport.
In total, over the course of 11 months of the current year, Lithuanian Airports handled as many as 4.4 million passengers.