Lithuanian Airports welcomes 1.3m passengers in Q1 2019

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After the first three months of this year Lithuanian Airports record a targeted growth in the company’s results and carried more than 1.322 million passengers.

That is seven per cent more than last year during the same time frame. The biggest growth was at Vilnius Airport, which welcomed more than one million with traffic driven by the likes of airBaltic, Ryanair and Wizz Air.

The second largest Kaunas Airport has provided services to more than 244,000 passengers. Palanga Airport served over 68,000.

Head of the aviation services division of Lithuanian Airports, Aurimas Stikliūnas said: “By comparing the beginning of this year with the same period during last year, we feel further growth in all of the three airports despite the fact that several destinations have been cancelled from the largest capital’s air gates.

“They have been compensated by a bunch of new destinations that were launched already at the end of the last year. This has determined that with the start of the year we calculate an increase in both, flights and passenger traffic.”

Stikliūnas said during Q1 Lithuanian Airports offered 89 destinations in total. Vilnius Airport offered the majority of routes – as many as 64. 20 routes were offered from the Kaunas Airport. Palanga Airport passengers could choose flights to five different destinations.

He added: “A very high share of the company’s success depends on negotiations constantly held by our team and air carriers for new destinations and routes.

“We have managed to finalise the negotiations that have lasted for long years successfully indeed, and have agreed on destinations of strategic importance to economic development of the state and the tourism sector.”