Starting from the end of March next year, Kaunas Airport is set to introduce new options for travellers as first charter flights will be launched to hot destinations. Regular flights are scheduled to run to Greece’s Zakynthos Island, Varna and Antalya. According to preliminary calculations, around 17 thousand passengers will be able to use the new flights during the summer season.
Tour operator Itaka will significantly contribute to expanding the number of flight destinations available from Kaunas Airport from spring. Flights will be operated by its partner Travel Service Airlines. It is estimated that next summer the company will run about 50 flights from Kaunas Airport.
According to Aurimas Stikliūnas, Head of Lithuanian Airports Aviation Services Division, Kaunas’ market potential is attracting new business partners to the airport thanks to a number of factors, including convenient geographical location, growing passenger numbers and the demand for new flights. It is believed that the new flights will in turn give the airport an incentive to grow further. It is planned that the number of passengers travelling through Kaunas Airport will reach a million this year and will surpass it significantly next year.
“The second largest airport in Lithuanian is striving to offer its customers a wide range of services. We know that many passengers have been waiting for the launch of charter flights to holiday destinations, so we conducted negotiations with our partners to make it happen. Not only will we be able to offer an even larger variety of destinations to our passengers, but also expand the profile of the airport, as attention will be paid not only to scheduled or freight, but also to charter flights,” states Aurimas Stikliūnas.
In 2018, Kaunas Airport offered passengers 25 different flight routes. LOT, Ryanair and Wizzair airlines currently operate at Kaunas Airport.
According to Dominik Milowski, Director General of ITAKA Lithuania, increasing the number of flights in Lithuania is a part of the company’s development strategy which aims not only to increase the number of holiday destinations available for Lithuanian tourists, but also to create more opportunities to travel faster, cheaper and more conveniently.
“In order to provide our customers with more convenient travel options, in addition to flights from Vilnius Airport, next year we will also offer flights from Kaunas Airport. We believe that a greater selection of airports will allow passengers to choose the closest route and shorten the time spent travelling to the airport. Kaunas Airport has a great geographical position offering a good choice for those living in Northern or Western Lithuania,” says Dominik Milowski.
Next spring, Itaka will offer travellers three popular holiday destinations. Antalya will be available for those admiring Turkey and wishing to get to know it better. Zakynthos Island will be perfect for nature lovers dreaming about relaxing holidays. People of all ages and preferences will find something interesting to do in the multi-coloured port city of Varna, located on the Black Sea coast.
Next summer, Itaka will offer even more options for direct flights to various holiday destinations from Lithuania. From Vilnius Airport passengers will be able to fly to holiday destinations in Albania, Corfu, Turkey, Madeira, Marsa Alam (Egypt), Sicily and the exotic Nosy Be Island in Madagascar.
During the winter holiday season, which lasts until the end of March, the tour operator Itaka offers holidaymakers flights to Egypt (Marsa Alam and Taba), Fuerteventura and Madeira from Vilnius.
About Kaunas Airport
Kaunas Airport belongs to the Lithuanian airport network that operates three airports in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga. During 2017, they serviced 5.2 million passengers and 55 thousand flights. During the winter season, 15 airlines organize direct flights in 65 regular directions to 56 cities in 26 countries. Based on the data of the Airports Council International (ACI Europe), Lithuanian Airports contribute to the Lithuania’s GDP by 2.5 percent.
Kaunas Airport has served one million passengers this year and the growth rate will not slow down next year