Lithuanian Airports welcome the summer with a record number of new destinations this year. According to the airlines’ current plans, almost 80 direct routes are expected to be operating at the country’s airports from June, including almost 50 routes to be renewed.
According to Aurimas Stikliūnas, Head of Aviation Services at Lithuanian Airports, given the intensifying vaccination rates, the emerging European Union agreement on the Digital Green Certificate, the growing confidence of travellers in aviation and the resulting rapid growth in demand for flights, it is probable that June will be the turning point when passenger aviation will start to show active recovery.
‘Travelling between countries is becoming easier. More countries are opening their borders, and the growing interest of people in possible routes naturally increases the supply of flights. Starting from June, planes will fly more frequently to cities that are important for emigrants. People going on holiday can also choose from a wide range of travel alternatives; however, it is important to remember that all the minimum safety requirements remain relevant. We must be responsible and protect our health and the health of those around us,’ says Mr Stikliūnas.
According to a representative of Lithuanian Airports, Southern European countries, which are particularly interested in reviving tourism, are increasingly relaxing the requirements for self-isolation or even waiving them altogether. Countries such as Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, and Croatia, do not use self-isolation for those who have been vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test, and the list is still growing.
Around 30 new destinations at Vilnius Airport
From the beginning of the month, the capital’s gateway will offer flights to Milan in Italy (Ryanair), Billund in Denmark (Wizzair), Doncaster (Wizzair), Liverpool (Ryanair), and London Luton Airport (Ryanair) in the UK.
Passengers looking for holiday destinations will also get new offers. From the beginning of June, Ryanair flights will be available to Corfu in Greece, Chania in Greece, Rome in Italy, or Malta in the Mediterranean. From the beginning of the month, direct flights will be offered to Dubrovnik (AirBaltic), the so-called pearl of Croatia, and Larnaca (Wizzair) in Cyprus.
From the middle of the month, direct flights from Vilnius Airport will be launched to the German cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Bremen (Ryanair). Convenient connections will be available to the United Kingdom, including Birmingham (Wizzair), Leeds (Ryanair), London Gatwick Airport (AirBaltic), and Liverpool (Wizzair).
The capital’s airport will offer convenient routes to business and holiday destinations: The airline Ryanair will offer trips to Brussels, the Latvian airline AirBaltic will offer trips to Dublin, Ireland, the Finnair will offer trips to Helsinki, and the Wizzair will fly passengers to Milan. Those planning a holiday will be able to choose from Santorini and Zakynthos in Greece (Wizzair), Nice in France (Wizzair), Venice in Italy (Ryanair), and Vienna in Austria (Ryanair).
Based on the airlines’ current plans, flights to Belfast (Wizzair), the largest city in Northern Ireland, Brussels (Brussels Airlines), and Oslo (Norwegian Air Shuttle) are planned from the end of the month.
13 new destinations from Kaunas Airport
Kaunas Airport will also have news for passengers in June. Most of the new direct flights will be offered from the beginning of the month.
The routes are planned to be operated regularly to Alesund and Bergen (Wizzair) in Norway, Bristol and Edinburgh and London Stansted Airport (Ryanair) in the United Kingdom. Ryanair will offer convenient connections to the Italian cities of Milan, Naples, and Rimini. The services of this airline will provide direct connections from Kaunas Airport to Copenhagen, the Spanish island of Majorca and Shannon in Ireland.
Wizzair will serve Eindhoven in the Netherlands from 14 June, and Ryanair will offer flights to Cologne in Germany from 18 June.
New destinations from Palanga Airport
Palanga Airport should launch four new destinations from June. According to the airlines’ current plans, flights to London Stansted Airport and Dublin (Ryanair), the capital of Ireland, should start from the first day of the month.
Wizzair’s flights to another London airport, Luton, are due to launch on 29 June, with convenient connections to Norway’s capital Oslo from the end of the month.
About Lithuanian Airports
The network of Lithuanian Airports includes three air gates in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. In 2020, Lithuanian Airports handled 1.8 million passengers and 30,000 flights; 72 direct routes were offered.