Lithuanian Airports broke pax records in 2016
Lithuanian Airports recorded a record in 2016, serving 4.8 million passengers, a 13% increase year over year, while the number of flights reached 52 thousand, up by 5% YoY. The highest increase was demonstrated by Palanga Airport where the number of passengers surged by 60% and reached 233 thousand.
The CEO of Lithuanian Airports Gediminas Almantas stated that the continuously improving results were influenced by attraction of new flights through the Route Development Fund. The air carriers seeking to launch new routes or increase the frequency of the flights which are already operated were invited to submit their applications for de minimis aid. The total amount allocated for the aid was equal to 800 thousand EUR, and was allocated to the following airline companies: Belavia, Adria Airways, Ukraine International Airlines, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines.
In 2016, the airport of the capital city Vilnius Airport exceeded the expectations and in total served 3.8 million passengers, a 14% increase YoY. The number of flights in the main national air gateway increased by 5% YoY.
The airport authority reported that Palanga Airport which is referred to as the “smallest airport” of Lithuanian Airports showed excellent results. As compared with the year 2015, the number of passengers increased by 60% and was equal to 233 thousand. In 2016, different airline companies started operating flights from Palanga Airport to Kiev, London Luton Airport and London Stansted Airport, Minsk and Warsaw. In 2016, the total number of flights operated by the coastal airport was 3.9 thousand, a 17% increase YoY.
In 2016, the number of passengers at Kaunas Airport remained stable – around 741 thousand passengers used the airport.
The network of the Lithuanian Airports includes three airports in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. According to the data available to the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), Lithuanian Airports contribute to the Lithuanian GDP by 2.5%.
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