Vilnius International Airport
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LT- 02189, Vilnius
- 2515m x 50m
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LOT Polish Airlines
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Ukraine International Airlines
Wizz Air Ukraine
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- Air Canada
Vilnius International Airport serves the capital and largest city in Lithuania, Vilnius. The airport is operated by the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications and the country's major international gateway, hosting airlines from across Europe and the CIS.
Location of Vilnius International Airport, Lithuania
Ground Handlers servicing Vilnius International Airport
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Eastern European low-cost carrier group Wizz has unveiled plans to expand its Vilnius base in Lithuania and establish its third Ukrainian base in Lviv. The announcements follow other recent expansion announcements that will see Wizz expand its bases in Bulgaria and Macedonia.
In the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Wizz Air will expand its fleet of A320s at the airport to three aircraft. The carrier will use the additional aircraft to launch three new routes and increase frequencies on five existing routes.
Meanwhile the group’s Ukrainian subsidiary Wizz Air Ukraine plans to base one A320 at Lviv from 30-Apr-2014. The aircraft will be used to launch five new routes from Lviv, which Wizz Air Ukraine now serves with three routes. The A320 to be based at Lviv Airport will be Wizz Air Ukraine’s fifth aircraft overall.
Air Lituanica launched services at the end of Jun-2013, making it the first scheduled Lithuanian carrier since the collapse of FlyLAL in 2009 and Star1 Airlines in 2010. Air Lituanica will see Lithuania once again connected to other key European countries through a home-based carrier.
As the largest of the three Baltic states with a land area of 65,300km2, Lithuania has a population of about three million and had a GDP in 2012 of about USD42 billion, according to World Bank data. The country currently has four airports in Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga and Šiauliai which are served by about 20 foreign carriers.
Aside from Air Lituanica, there are currently five other Lithuanian airlines including five charter carriers (Aurela, Avion Express, DOT LT, Grand Cru Airlines and Small Planet Airlines) and one cargo carrier (Aviavilsa). There have been no domestic services in the country since the demise of FlyLAL.
Wizz Air opened its 14th base in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 16-Apr-2011. Wizz Air’s expansion comes as Ryanair also expands in the Lithuanian market, with six new routes to be launched to/from Vilnius in May-2011. The entry of two of Europe’s largest LCCs has resulted in airBaltic downsizing its presence at Vilnius “due to crowding” in the market. Vilnius remains the second-busiest airport in the Baltic region, behind Riga International Airport.
Estonian Air’s Chairman, Joakim Helenius, has indicated the carrier plans to develop a new route plan using Vilnius (Lithuania) and airports in Poland as layover points for services into western Europe. The carrier has already trialled Tallinn-Vilnius-Amsterdam services, achieving average load factors of 83%, including a record 90% average in Jul-2010. Using the scheme will allow the carrier to operate daily services to Paris, London, Milan, Rome and other western European routes. Some profitable direct services, such as Moscow, Brussels and Copenhagen will be retained. Estonian Air hopes to announce further details of the strategy in early Feb-2011.
Latvian flag carrier and dominant regional airline airBaltic has announced plans to serve more destinations over the forthcoming northern winter and to offer additional flights to improve connections for travellers flying via northern hub Riga to/from more than 70 destinations in Europe, CIS and the Middle East. Between them, Riga Airport and airBaltic threaten to become a major force not only in the small Baltic States but in Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS states, the Middle East and further a-field. AirBaltic already carries over 60% of all passenger traffic at Riga.
The European Parliament in mid-Jan-08 adopted a Directive to set common (and therefore, hopefully more transparent) principles for calculating airport passenger taxes, to try to prevent any abuse of a dominant position in the market by individual airports.
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