In May of this year, the total flight number in the Lithuanian airspace reached 24.6 thousand and, compared to last year, remained almost unchanged (0.1 per cent increase was recorded). There was no considerable change in the number of overflights either, their number (18.5 thousand) made up three quarters of all the flights handled in the Lithuanian airspace (0.3 per cent increase).
“In Lithuania scheduled flights, i.e. regular flights operated according to a pre-arranged schedule, account for more than four fifths of the total flight number. Being on second place, non-scheduled, or charter flights, grew most rapidly in May, and their number exceeded 10 per cent”, while summing up the results of May, says Mindaugas Gustys, CEO of SE Oro navigacija, Lithuanian Air Navigation Service Provider.
In May the number of scheduled flights (20.6 thousand) accounted for 83.8 per cent of all the flights handled in our country. Non-scheduled flights, the majority of which were charter flights, reached 2.8 thousand and accounted for 11.5 per cent of all the flights handled in Lithuania. In May flights of general aviation, when aircraft were being operated for recreation, tourism, aircraft leasing and other purposes, without any pre-arranged schedule or route, made up 427 and accounted for 1.7 per cent of all flights handled in the Lithuanian airspace. The number of military flights (589) accounted for 2.4 per cent of all the flights handled, and the number of flights of other categories (153), mostly training and test flights, operated in May made up 0.6 per cent of all flights.
It was Vilnius airport that saw the largest number of aircraft movements in May: 70.6 per cent of all the flights operated in international Lithuanian Airports. Compared to the same period last year, the number of aircraft movements in the capital of Lithuania increased by 0.5 per cent and reached 4.5 thousand, according to the Lithuanian Air Navigation Service Provider SE Oro navigacija.
The number of aircraft movements in Kaunas airport accounted for 14.1 per cent of all flights handled in Lithuanian Airports. Compared to last year, of all international Lithuanian Airports, the growth of flights in Kaunas, where 891 flights were handled, was the largest (increase by 11.1 per cent). There was an 11.8 per cent decrease in flights handled in Šiauliai airport (586 flights), compared to last year; aircraft movements in Šiauliai accounted for 9.2 per cent of all flights handled in Lithuanian Airports. In Palanga airport, air navigation services to 387 aircraft were provided (decrease by 18.4 per cent), which accounted for 6.1 per cent of all flights handled in Lithuanian Airports.
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.
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.
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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