In the first quarter of this year, Lithuanian Airports continued to record the recovery of the aviation sector. Passenger traffic increased by 5.5 times and the number of flights by almost 2.5 times compared to the same period last year. According to experts, in both February and March, passenger traffic at Lithuanian Airports exceeded the demand forecasted at the beginning of the year, as stated in the Aviation Traffic Overview of Lithuanian Airports at the beginning of the year.
“At the beginning of the year, the whole world was shocked by Russia’s war against Ukraine, and the aviation sector is no exception. However, Lithuanian Airports did not experience any major negative fluctuations in passenger traffic as a result of this, as they were able to successfully redirect their flights to other markets. When the war broke out, we acted quickly together with the airlines – the routes to Ukraine were replaced with new destinations of similar distance,” comments Aurimas Stikliūnas, Head of Aviation Services at Lithuanian Airports.
In the first three months of this year, Lithuanian Airports welcomed 818,000 passengers. In the same period last year, 147,000 passengers were served.
The fastest recovery is said to be at Kaunas Airport. In the first three months of the year, 10.5 times more passengers travelled through this gateway than in the same period last year, which is 93% of the record level of the same period in 2019. This is mainly due to a significant increase in the number of routes offered, especially to holiday destinations, and in March 2022, as many as 26 destinations were already available from Kaunas, which is a wider choice than was offered at the same time before the pandemic.
The average aircraft occupation indicator for the months of February-March was above the level of the previous…
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