26th of February, 2010


Recently misleading publications have been circulating in the European aviation news portals providing comments of Kaunas Airport General Manager Arijandas Sliupas regarding Ryanair base establishment at Kaunas Airport, quote: 

“Kaunas Airport head Arijandas Sliupas expressed concern over planned Irish budget carrier’s Ryanair plans to open its base in Kaunas” (

The comment appeared with a reference to an interview of Kaunas Airport General Manager to news portal earlier this February. The ideas of Mr. Sliupas have been misinterpreted.

Kaunas Airport team has been purposefully working to increase the current passenger traffic and is excited to welcome Ryanair base at the airport. Recently signed agreement between Ryanair and Kaunas Airport demonstrates mutual understanding and interest in developing passenger services between Lithuania and other countries in Europe. Mr. Sliupas strongly believes that Ryanair and Kaunas Airport are on the way of mutually profitable long term cooperation.

An exciting opportunity for Lithuania opens to boost its incoming tourism as well as business traffic with Ryanair expansion at Kaunas Airport and airBaltic offering a variety of new connections from Vilnius Airport. The new destinations grant easy access to the country for passengers, next to other popular connections operated by Lufthansa, SAS, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Estonian Air, Finnair, Star1 Airlines, UTair, Norwegian, LOT, Skyways, etc.

Finally, Mr. Sliupas highly appreciates interest in aviation business and is always ready for direct interview or discussion with any media.


Kaunas is Lithuania’s second largest city and Kaunas International Airport is the second busiest airport in Lithuania. Kaunas Airport handled over 456,000 passengers in 2009, with 11% increase from 2008.

In September 2010 Ryanair will celebrate the fifth anniversary in Kaunas Airport and base establishment is a logical step of business continuity. Ryanair passenger numbers have been increasing at Kaunas Airport by 80% in average per annum since 2004. 

Presently Ryanair operates from Kaunas to London Stansted, London Luton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Dublin, Frankfurt Hahn, Bremen and Brussels Charleroi. Starting from May, Ryanair will add connections to Bristol, Milan, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Berlin, Barcelona London Gatwick, Oslo, Paris and Tampere.

airBaltic offers daily connection to Riga.

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