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Airport Infrastructure

European Lithuanian airports

Air routes lead to all corners of the World. Distant continents, far islands and exotic countries may be reached by airplanes in a very short time. This mean of transport was the latest to appear and now it is probably the fastest developing transport sector that allows to overcome large distances in a very fast and comfortable way. Three international airports operate in Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. Passenger and cargo traffic indicate the importance of air transport for citizens and international business. That is why we have to keep up with other EU member states and ensure harmonious development of airports, quality services for citizens, arriving guest and increase of cargo transportation. Flight security improvements, reconstruction of airport platforms, runways and glide paths is hardly recognisable by passengers, but are significantly important for the development of airport connection system. When foreseen changes will be implemented, passengers will be able to choose from a wider list of direct, cheaper, safer and faster flights. 

Modernisation of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports:

  • Construction of passenger terminals, expansion and adaptation to Schengen requirements;
  • Renovations of airport platforms, runways, glide paths and taxiways.

Assistance from Cohesion Fund – EUR 48 million.

International Vilnius airport:

  • New terminal was built for non-Schengen passengers;
  • Taxiway 9.4 (“E”) was build and connected runway and glide way with main taxiway.

Reconstruction of whole airport platform, “D” and “F” taxiways and installation of taxiway lights is still on the way.

International Kaunas airport:

  • Airport modernisation project was implemented: runway and glide way has been renewed, aircraft platform was expanded and new taxiway was built.
  • New passenger terminal was built;
  • Airport development plan is under preparation.

“Ryanair” airline established its first base in Central and Eastern Europe.

International Palanga airport:

  • Undergoing reconstruction of passenger terminal;
  • Undergoing modernisation of fuel base;
  • The construction of emergency rescue works building has started;
  • Explosives detection equipment for the inspection of passenger luggage was obtained.

Northern taxiway and platform are in the planning stage.

Over 2013 the airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga jointly welcomed 3.48 million passengers and handled 43,078 flights. Compared to 2012, passenger traffic grew by 5.5% last year; flight intensity increased by 3.4%. A passenger heading from Lithuania during the aviation winter season was free to choose from 20 airlines offering regular flights on 37 routes connecting 47 airports across Europe and beyond its borders.
Last updated: 21-03-2021