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2017 06 14

The Head of Lithuanian Airports was Re-Elected to the Board of ACI Europe

Gediminas Almantas, the CEO at Lithuanian Airports, was re-elected to the Board of Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe). It consists of 24 members, and most of them are at the head of major European airports. The representative of Lithuania is the only Board member from the entire region of the Baltic states.

“Becoming a Board member of ACI Europe meant the recognition of Lithuanian Airports in the international aviation community. I see my re-election to the Board for a further period of four years as proof that the opinion of small airports is necessary and important for forming the policies of the airports in the European Union,” said the CEO at Lithuanian Airports.

Dr Michael Kerkloh, the Chief Executive Officer of Munich Airport, was elected as the President of ACI Europe. Other Board members are the heads of London Heathrow Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Frankfurt Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, Zürich (Kloten) Airport, and the Spanish airport operator Aena.

Lithuanian Airports have belonged to Airports Council International Europe since 2014, when the management of the air gateways in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga was consolidated.

Last year, Lithuanian Airports invited the members of ACI Europe to visit Lithuania: in spring, the event “ACI EUROPE’s Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition” took place in Vilnius and about 200 aviation experts, including CEOs, commercial directors, financial directors, strategic development directors, heads of companies operating at airports, and other aviation specialists of airports in Europe and beyond, attended.

Airports Council International Europe unites more than 500 airports from 45 European countries. Together, airports solve problems relevant to the aviation sector and create a regulatory environment of the European Union with regard to legal, commercial, technical, environmental, aviation security, passengers’ rights, and other matters.

Lithuanian Airports participate in the policy, commercial, aviation security, leadership and HR, environmental, and communications committees of ACI Europe, whose objective is to share experience and learn from one another in the most important areas of airport activity. Fora and discussions organised by Airports Council International Europe are attended by airports’ employees responsible for various areas of activity, who share their experience.

As members of the international airports community, Lithuanian Airports follow the best international airports management practice in their activity.

About Lithuanian Airports

The network of Lithuanian Airports includes three air gateways in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga. In 2016, they handled 4.8 million passengers and 52,000 flights. During the summer season, 16 airlines offer 84 routes to 59 cities in 26 countries from Lithuanian airports. According to Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), Lithuanian Airports contribute 2.5 per cent to Lithuania’s GDP. 

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