R. Masiulis: Cooperation with the Arab Emirates – New Opportunities in Air Carriage

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2018 05 09

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Mr. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications, and Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economics of the United Arab Emirates, have discussed the cooperation possibilities in the area of air carriage, improvement of carriage conditions of transit cargoes, need for direct regular route between both countries, and other relevant issues.

“The United Arab Emirates are global hub of transport, tourism and trade, as well as priority market for the Lithuanian expert; therefore, we are going to focus on maintenance and intensification of bilateral cooperation in the area of air transport,” – says Mr. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications.

The representatives of both parties exchanged information in the meeting, how it would be possible to improve conditions of air transport for business and leisure tourists of both countries. In January – March 2017 there were 6162 passengers carried on chartered flights on the route Vilnius – Dubai. In the first quarter of 2018 the number of passengers increased up to 8850.

“In response to the needs of business and tourism sectors and growing flows of passengers, we would see the possibilities of direct regular route,” – said Mr. R. Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications.

During the meeting, the Minister of Transport Communications presented the route inducement programme De minimis to the UAE and invited the air carriers of the United Arab Emirates to use the stimulant provided by the Ministry of Transport and Communications that incites the air companies to start new direct flights from/to Lithuanian airport(s) and that allow to share the risk of new route.

One air carrier may receive support up to 200 000 euros to compensate the expenses in the period of 3 years. The air companies may use these funds for marketing and advertising, to present and advertise a new route or additional frequency of the already present route; to cover the settlement expenses incurred by the air company in any airport when a new route is started or the current route is made more frequent; as well as to cover other closely related expenses.

Mr. R. Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications, stressed the necessity to make use of the entire cooperation potential and introduced exhaustively to the UAE representatives the possibilities of Klaipeda Seaport, main navigation lines, capacities, and planned development projects. He also presented the successfully operating centre of container distribution that allows the container vessels bringing containers directly to Klaipeda Seaport from far continents, without using any transitional reloading ports.

 

 

Photo by Mindaugas Vaičiulis