Air transport

State management of the civil aviation

The state regulatory function of the air transport is being carried out by the Civil Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, whereas the state management of the civil aviation is being carried out by the Civil Aviation Administration within the scope of its competence. Four state-managed international airports operate in Lithuania. Vilnius, Palanga and Kaunas airports are civil airports. They render services to regular and charter flights for passengers and goods. Šiauliai airport is a military airport, but the flights of civil aircraft are also permitted. Šiauliai airport renders services to charter flights for passengers and goods. Air navigation services in the airspace of the Republic of Lithuania are rendered by the State Enterprise 'Oro navigacija'.

Air navigation services in the airspace over the territory and territorial waters of the Republic of Lithuania and in the airspace over the open Baltic Sea neutral waters are rendered by the State Enterprise ‘Oro navigacija’ (Air Navigation). Company governed by the International Air Transport Standards (ISAT), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Union legislation, the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) documents and the Lithuanian aviation law. Lithuanian airspace in 2012 extended 39 transit routes. Lithuanian airspace exceeds 76,000 square kilometres. 

The State Enterprise Lithuanian airports

Vilnius International Airport.  The largest international airport in the country has a well developed infrastructure to attract airlines for transporting both passengers and cargo. The airport is located in the south of Vilnius. It is only 7 km or 15 minutes drive by car from the centre of the capital and 7 minutes by train from Vilnius train station. From Vilnius airport 16 airlines carries scheduled flights to 47 destinations. Other airline operates charter flights. Vilnius International Airport is striving to become a leading, advanced management of aviation businesses and attract different aviation business models of airlines and their passengers.

Area: 326 ha
Runway: length 2515 m, width 50 m.
Landing Category: II (CAT II)

Kaunas International Airport is located in the country center close to the main highways. Kaunas airport can receive aircrafts even with minimum visibility meteorological conditions. It has the longest runway in Lithuania which can be operated without any restrictions. Airport can handle up to 1 million passengers per year and 110 thousand tons of cargo per year. Kaunas airport aims to create a complex of one-stop-shop services to facilitate sustainable long term growth of the airport together with increasing importance of Eastern European market in the world.

Area: 438 ha
Runway: length 3250 m, width 45 m.
Landing Category: II (CAT II)

Palanga International Airport    relates its future and prospects to the development of business and tourism of Klaipėda city and all the territory of Western Lithuania and South-Western Latvia, as well as to foreign investments. In August 2011 airport opened renovated passenger terminal. Airport infrastructure is adapted to the medium and small aircraft: BOEING - 737, SAAB-2000, SAAB-340, Dash Q400, CRJ 200, Jetstream-32, ATR-42, YK 42. Regular scheduled flights from Palanga Airport are operated by airlines airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, SAS, Ryanair and Wizz Air. 

Area: 161.3 ha
Runway: length 2280 m, width 45 m
Landing Category: I (CAT I)

Lithuania's membership of international civil aviation organizations:  

  • 1992 The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • 1992 The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)
  • 2004 Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)
  • 2004 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • 2006 The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol)

Civil Aviation Administration

Rodūnios kelias 2, 02188 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 273 9038
Fax +370 5 273 9248

State Enterprise "Oro navigacija"

Rodūnios kelias 2, 02188 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel.  +370 706 94502
Fax +370 706 94522

State Enterprise Lithuanian Airports 

Rodūnios kelias 10A, 02189 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel.  +370 5 273 9326
Fax +370 5 232 9122

SE Lithuanian Airports Vilnius branch

Rodūnios kelias 10A, 02189 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel.  +370 5 273 9326
Fax +370 5 232 9122

SE Lithuanian Airports Kaunas branch

Oro uosto str. 4, Karmėlava, 54460, Kaunas dist., Lithuania
Tel. +370 612 44442
Fax +370 37 399 350

SE Lithuanian Airports Palanga branch

Liepojos pl. 1, 00169 Palanga, Lithuania
Tel. +370 6 124 4442
Fax +370 460 48373

Municipality Enterprise,"Šiaulių oro uostas"

Lakūnų g. 4, 77103 Šiauliai, Lithuania
Tel. +370 41 542 005
Fax +370 41 542 006


Other institutions

Aeroclub of Lithuania

Kaštonų g. 4-7, 01107 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 212 3920
Fax +370 5 212 2972

Lithuanian Aviation Museum

Veiverių g. 132, 46338 Kaunas, Lithuania
Tel.  +370 37 29 5547
Fax +370 37 29 5547

The State Enterprise Lithuanian Airports invites the interested air carriers intending to launch new routes at Lithuanian airports to submit applications for de minimis support.

Call for the submission of the application for de minimis support

de minimis aid to air carriers given in 2016: 

Air Carrier


Amount of the support

 Ryanair LTD

New route: VNO-GLA

200.000 EUR

Turk Hava Yollari (Turkish Airlines INC) Lithuanian branch

Additional Frequency: VNO–IST

200.000 EUR

 Adria Airways

Additional Frequency: VNO–TLL

100.000 EUR

 Ukraine International Airlines

New route: PLQ–KBP

200.000 EUR

Belavia - Belarusian Airlines

Additional Frequency: PLQ–MSQ

100.000 EUR


de minimis aid to air carriers given in 2015: 

Air carrier


Amount of the support

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

Additional Frequency: VNO–ARN

100.000 EUR

AS „Air Baltic Corporation“

New route:



200.000 EUR

WIZZ Air Hungary Airlines Limited

New route: PLQ–LTN

200.000 EUR

LOT Polish Airlines

New route: PLQ–WAW

200.000 EUR

Germania Flug AG

New route: VNO–ZRH

113.670 EUR

Small Plannet Airlines

Additional Frequency: VNO–BCN

50.000 EUR

Belavia – Belarusian Airlines

Additional Frequency: VNO–MSQ

100.000 EUR


On 14 July – 18 August 2017, International Vilnius Airport runway will be under reconstruction. For 35 summer days Kaunas will become a capital of aviation in Lithuania.

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Last updated: 16-03-2017