Slowly but surely aviation is getting back on its feet in Europe. Even though during the first quarter of this year, Lithuanian Airports recorded fewer flights, lower passengers flow and a reduced number of cargo transported by air compared to the last quarter of 2020, the pandemic stagnation began to shrink already at the beginning of March - growth in both flights and passenger traffic was recorded. Currently, there are plans for approximately 40 destinations in three airports in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga.
It’s clear that people crave travelling; the vaccination tempo in the continent is also very promising. Therefore, major airlines tend to serve the returning needs and offer flights for both vacation seekers and business passengers.
Greece is among the first countries to return to the radar of Lithuanian travellers; Rhodes Island will be reached by direct flight from Kaunas already in May with Ryanair. The company also plans flights to Paphos in Cyprus, Lviv in the Ukraine and Alicante in Spain. Wizzair, in the meantime, plans to resume its flights to Alesund and Stavanger in Norway in the nearest future.
In 2020, Lithuanian Airports served 1.8 million passengers and 30 thousand flights. The three airports offered 72 direct routes.
Photo: Kaunas Airport by G. Česonis