The Minister of Transport and Communications says that Ryanair is developing in Lithuania and considering the opportunities for operating flights from Vilnius


2010 02 09


“Establishment of a base of European standard airline company in Lithuania is good news for business and tourism. This means not only the increase of new direct flights, but also considerable investments and new job places for Lithuanian people”, said Minister Eligijus Masiulis. In the future base Ryanair is planning to construct a hangar for aircraft and to operate 120 flights per week.

“Aviation sector was among the first to recover. This year from Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports will be operated flights to 41 European towns – Lithuania has never yet had such dense air traffic with Europe. For example, in 2009 flights were operated to 27 destinations, in 2008 – to 33 destinations. The new situation opens wide perspectives for business and tourism”, said Minister Eligijus Masiulis.


While expanding the geography of flights from Kaunas Airport, the Ryanair will launch direct flights to 9 more European airports. The direct flights will link Kaunas with Barcelona, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Edinburg, Milan, Oslo, Paris and Tampere, as well as with London Gatwick Airport. From Kaunas Ryanair is already now operating flights to Luton and Stansted Airports of London.


According to Mr. Michael O'Leary, Chief Executive Officer of the Irish airline Ryanair, the decision of the airline company to establish their base in Kaunas was determined by a flexible cooperation with the airport, and the favourable tax policy of the airport, as well as positive development perspectives.