4 of 10 citizens of Lithuania consider that airports became more modern


2008 07 08




Four out of ten citizens of Lithuania consider that during the latter four years airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga became more modern – this was revealed by the public opinion survey carried out by Market and Opinion Research Centre "Vilmorus Ltd.". Only 1 of 10 polled persons consider that the conditions of the airports have not changed, and 5 of 10 have no opinion in regard to this question. 


Positive changes are more often noticed by young (aged to 29) inhabitants of urban areas with higher (over LTL 1001 per person). However older (over 60) inhabitants of rural areas with lower than secondary education have no opinion on this question.       


“Lithuanian airports are rapidly getting modernized – a few years ago, when Lithuania was joining the European Union, all the three international airports were smaller and quite deteriorated. However besides the modernization of the airports we were also concerned about the security of the airports – and this our task was carried out by the financing provided from EU funding”, - said Minister Algirdas Butkevičius.


Support of EU structural funding was used for extension and widening of runways of the international airports, for the equipment of modern lighting signalling system and constructions of safeguarding fencing at the airports. Also new passenger terminals were built and airport surroundings were trimmed at the international airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga.  


The public opinion survey showed that over a half polled people (54%) relate the positive changes with the financial support of the European Union.