In April 2019, the total number of flights in the Lithuanian airspace increased by 2.3 per cent, compared to last year, and reached 21.8 thousand. The number of flights crossing the Lithuanian airspace by transit made up 16.4 thousand, i.e. increased by 2.9 per cent, compared to 2018.
In April it was Vilnius airport that saw the largest number of take-offs and landings, i.e. 72.1 per cent of the total number of aircraft movements in all Lithuanian airports. Compared to the same period last year, the number of aircraft movements handled in Vilnius airport increased by 0.7 per cent and amounted to 4 thousand, according to the Lithuanian Air Navigation Service Provider SE Oro navigacija.
The number of flights handled in Kaunas airport made up 14.8 per cent of the total number of aircraft movements in all Lithuanian airports; compared to last year, their number increased by 1.9 per cent, amounting to 825. The respective numbers in Šiauliai (370) and Palanga (360) made up 6.7 per cent and 6.5 per cent of the total number in all Lithuanian airports. Compared to April 2018, the number of flights in Šiauliai and Palanga decreased by 1.6 per cent and 2.7 per cent, respectively.
The air navigation services provided in Lithuania are export services as they are mostly used by foreign economic entities (about 99 per cent). Overflights, during which aircraft cross the Lithuanian airspace by transit, account for three fourths of the total number of flights operated in the Lithuanian airspace.
According to the Multilateral Agreement Lithuania has delegated the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) billing and collection of charges on its behalf. Costs of billing and collection of charges are covered by airspace users.
Airlines pay the route air navigation service charges for the services provided during overflights. When aircraft take off from/land at one of the Lithuanian airports, the terminal air navigation service charges are paid by airlines.
Costs of SE Oro navigacija are fully covered by revenue from main activities and the enterprise receives no funds from the state budget.
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