During the third quarter of this year, the total number of flights in comparison to the same period in 2019 decreased by 60 percent. 32 thousand flights received services during July, August and September (while in 2019 this number reached almost 80 thousand).
“The influence of COVID-19 upon the aviation sector is huge, thus, it is not easy to attempt making any forecasts, they might be even vain in a certain sense. Currently, the crisis is becoming deeper than it could have been forecasted earlier. The next months, which mark the beginning of winter season in aviation, usually used to be slower anyway – during those months the airlines used to live on the income received during the summer season. Unfortunately, this year such savings practically do not exist. Furthermore, this crisis had a profound influence not only upon the airlines but upon the airports and the companies providing air navigation services. It is estimated that during this crisis the European airports incurred a loss of 36 billion Euros, whereas the loss of air navigation companies amounted to 5.6 billion Euros” stated Chief Executive Officer of state enterprise Oro Navigacija Marius Beliūnas.
According to him, the recovery will be long and will depend upon many factors, which will encompass not only the overall epidemiological situation, but also the demand which in itself generates the need for flights. “The lack of demand, which we as air navigation companies also feel, poses a significant threat to rapid recovery. The results of the carried-out researches show that most of the travellers intend to refrain from flights until their own financial situation improves and becomes more stable. Therefore, we do not have good news for Lithuanian business companies, which depend directly on the number of travellers, as, for instance, the hotels”, remarked Marius Beliūnas.
During the last three months, the number of overflights across Lithuania decreased by 64 percent and reached merely 22.4 thousand flights. During this quarter the leaders in the transit market were airlines Ural Airlines, Airbaltic, Aeroflot, Finnair and Rossiya Airlines.
During July – September the most popular destinations for overflights were from/ to Russian Federation, Germany and Latvia. The top three countries among terminal flights were the United Kingdom, Latvia and Germany.
During the third quarter, most of the aircraft took off and landed at Vilnius Airport (at this airport the air traffic controllers provided services to 6 thousand aircraft or 52 percent less than during the same period last year. A total of 1.9 thousand aircraft received services at Kaunas Airport, while Palanga and Šiauliai airports provided services to almost 1 thousand aircraft each.
“During this quarter an increase in the number of flights was recorded at all the airports of the country. In comparison to the previous quarter, when the quarantine was announced and flight restrictions were imposed, the number of flights serviced at Vilnius Airport increased three times, while the number of flights at Palanga Airport grew five times even. Despite the changes in numbers, the terminal flight market is still under rather significant stagnation, which is deepened further by more and more frequent cancelation of the flight directions by the airlines”, highlighted Chief Executive Officer of state enterprise Oro Navigacija Marius Beliūnas.
About the air navigation services provided by the enterprise:
In every country seeking to ensure that flights take place safely, efficiently and on time, aircraft are provided air navigation services from the moment the aircraft leaves the parking zone until it lands at the destination airport. State enterprise Oro Navigacija provides these services within the Lithuanian airspace and at Lithuanian airports.
The airlines pay route and terminal charges for using the airspace and the air navigation services provided within it. These charges comprise the reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the country, the airspace of which is used.
Oro Navigacija covers its expenses from its main activity, i.e. delivery of air navigation services, entirely, and is not maintained from the state budget.
SE „Oro navigacija“
Balio Karvelio Str. 25, LT-02184 Vilnius
Company code: 210060460
VAT code: LT100604610
Tel.: +370 706 94 502,
Fax.: +370 706 94 522,