In July this year, Vilnius International Airport served 236,000 passengers – 27% more than during the same period last year and the highest activity ever recorded in the airport’s history. The first record – 23% of annual growth – was achieved this year in June.
“It is important to note that in July the growth rates of regular and charter flights were the same. These results were achieved because of the enlargement of the geography of flights and the rates of charter flights were increased by the transit passenger flows traveling through Vilnius,” said Tomas Vaišvila, CEO of the airport.
Throughout the first seven months of this year, in contrast with the same period a year ago, the number of passengers grew 34%, nearing 1.21 million.
Previously, the airport announced the intention to achieve a 25% growth rate and an increase of service to over 2 million passengers.
“Based on experience, when timetables of flights change – from the end of October to the winter – and the growth becomes less vivid, we should not rush changing the annual forecasts”, commented Sanda Šiaulienė, the manager of airport public relations.
One of the fastest growing flight directions is Moscow, while Tallinn comes second.
Less noticeable is the growth in the number of passengers heading for Oslo – 76%, Kiev and London – 48%, Warsaw – 45%, and Frankfurt – 26%.
Most passengers were flown by Wizz Air, Ryanair, Luthansa, Small Planet Airlines and SAS Scandinavian Airlines.
While still working in at a loss this year, Vilnius airport expects to earn profits in the coming year.