Airport news

2017 10 03

The Number of Passengers at Vilnius Airport Increases Again in Autumn

“After the runway reconstruction was completed, Vilnius Airport resumed its record-breaking rate of operations in September. During the first autumn month, almost 409 thousand passengers were handled in the capital, i.e. 10% more than during the same period last year.

If we consider only those months when the airport worked at full capacity, we will see that the average growth of the number of passengers per month at Vilnius Airport comprises 13%. We think it is possible to notice the increased flow of passengers not only in statistical data, but in reality as well: the current airport terminal is gradually becoming crowded. Still, its capabilities allow handling 3.5 million passengers per year. We exceeded this limit last year, and we have not doubts regarding this year.

In total, almost 2.7 million passengers and more than 28 thousand flights were handled this year at Vilnius Airport.

“Airlines also see the potential of Vilnius Airport: for example, Wizz Air now bases two new Airbus A321 jet airliners, which have 230 seats instead of the traditional 180, in the capital. More good news for us: Vilnius Airport was not affected by the wave of Ryanair flights cancellations. It is worth noting that until now, none of Lithuanian airports have been mentioned in the published lists of cancelled flights,” says Olaf Martens, CEO at Vilnius Airport.

 

Statistics of Vilnius Airport:

 

2016

2017

Change

Number of passengers in September

371 192

408 821

+10%

Number of flights in September

3885

4007

+3%

 

 

 

 

Number of passengers from January to September

2 893 405

2 685 133

-7%

Number of flights from January to September

31 100

28 257

-9%

About Vilnius Airport 

Vilnius Airport belongs to the network of Lithuanian airports that 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, 17 airlines organise flights from Lithuanian airports in 69 directions to 59 cities in 26 countries. According to Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), Lithuanian Airports contribute 2.5 per cent to Lithuania’s GDP. 


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