In 2018 the number of flights handled in the Lithuanian airspace by air traffic controllers made up 266 thousand and, compared to 2017, increased by 9.4 per cent. The largest number of flights in the Lithuanian airspace were operated by the Latvian, Finnish, Russian, German and Irish air companies.
Overflights accounted for three fourths of all flights (202.1 thousand or 76 per cent). Compared to 2017, the number of overflights increased by 9.2 per cent, according to the State Enterprise Oro navigacija, the Air Navigation Service Provider.
In 2018, the five air companies, major users of the Lithuanian airspace, remained the same as in 2017, including: the Latvian Air Baltic (24.6 thousand flights, more by 13.6 per cent, compared to 2017), the Finnish Finnair (24.1 thousand, more by 2.9 per cent), the Russian Aeroflot (22 thousand, more by 18.7 per cent), the German Lufthansa (18 thousand, more by 3 per cent) and the Irish Ryanair (14.2 thousand, more by 23.1 per cent).
The largest number of aircraft movements were performed from/to Vilnius airport: 47.1 thousand or almost three fourths (73.7 per cent) of all the aircraft movements handled in the international Lithuanian airports. Air traffic controllers handled 9.4 thousand aircraft movements from/to Kaunas airport (14.7 per cent of all aircraft movements), 4.5 thousand aircraft movements from/to Palanga airport (7 per cent), and 3 thousand aircraft movements from/to Šiauliai airport (4.6 per cent).
Compared to 2017, the number of aircraft movements handled in Vilnius and Kaunas airports in 2018 increased respectively by 1.8 and 18 per cent; the number of aircraft movements from/to Palanga and Šiauliai decreased by 1.1 and 11.3 per cent, respectively.
In every country, to ensure that flights are operated safely, efficiently and on time, air navigation services are provided to aircraft from the moment of launching an engine and starting from a parking area to the moment of landing at an aerodrome of destination. Air Navigation Services in the Lithuanian airspace and Lithuanian airports are provided by SE Oro navigacija.
Air companies pay the route and terminal charges for use of airspace and air navigation services provided therein. The charges cover the costs incurred by the country whose airspace is used.
When aircraft overfly the airspace of the Republic of Lithuania and take off from/land at airports of other countries, air companies pay the route charges for the air navigation services provided to overflights. When aircraft take off from a Lithuanian airport, air companies pay a terminal charge for the services provided.
The costs of Oro navigacija are fully covered by revenue from the main activities – provision of air navigation services, the enterprise receives no funds from the state budget.
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