The beginning of 2020 brought a promise to the aviation of new directions and increasing flows of passengers, unfortunately, soon the flights were paralysed due to new COVID-19 virus. During the first half of this year the number decreased by 48.5 percent in comparison to the same period in 2019, 65 thousand of flights were provided services (while in 2019 the number of serviced flights reached 126.3 thousand).
Assessing the relevant flight flow renewal scenario, which envisages two possible routes: following the first one in order to recover the flights the European states act in coordinated manner, while following the second one – in an uncoordinated manner, as well as analysing the flight flow renewal tendencies, the acting chief executive officer of state enterprise Oro Navigacija Marius Beliūnas notices that the situation remains rather positive.
“The optimistic forecasts for the first of July amounted to decrease in flight flows of 62 percent, whereas, the pessimistic assessments envisaged a decrease in the flight flows of 85 percent. Nevertheless, the decrease of flights reached 65 percent. The allows to presume that at the end of the year the decrease of flights will amount to 20-30 percent”, forecasted the acting chief executive officer of state enterprise Oro Navigacija Marius Beliūnas, who also added that hopefully these forecasts shall not be amended by the second wave of the pandemics.
During the first half of this year the number of overflights across Lithuania decreased by 49 percent and amounted to merely 48.7 thousand of flights. The leaders in the transit market during this period were airlines Aeroflot (5.5 thousand flights), Finnair (3.4 thousand flights), Airbaltic (2.9 thousand flights), Lufthansa (2.8 thousand flights) and Rossiya (2.2 thousand flights).
During January – June period the most popular flight directions were Kaliningrad – Sankt Petersburg (air traffic controllers provided services to 1.5 thousand flights) and Frankfurt – Seoul (1.4 thousand flights were provided services). Flights between Kaliningrad and Moscow as well as between Frankfurt and Shanghai also contributed to the transit market.
When talking about the recovery of the terminal flight market, M. Beliūnas noted that it is also influenced by the decision of the passengers to use the services provided by the airlines in the future. “Worldwide researches show that the opinion of the passengers about traveling by plane is changing, nonetheless, two-thirds of the respondents who participated in the research claimed they intended to choose another mode of transport for their future journeys. This indicates that the consequences in the terminal flight market shall be felt for a significantly longer period of time”, observed the acting chief executive officer of the enterprise M. Beliūnas.
Top five airlines in the terminal flight market this half of the year were Ryanair (2.6 thousand flights), Airbaltic (1.6 thousand flights), Wizzair (1.3 thousand flights), LOT (1.1 thousand flights) and SAS (856 flights). While the most popular directions during this half of the year were from Vilnius to Riga (services provided to 1057 flights), to Warsaw (747 flights) and to Minsk (504 flights).
During the first half of this year most of the aircraft took off and landed at Vilnius Airport (the air traffic controllers at this airport provided services to 11 thousand aircraft or 51.7 percent less than during the same period last year. 3 thousand aircraft were provided services to at Kaunas Airport, a little bit over 1 thousand aircraft – at Palanga Airport and 1.3 thousand – at Šiauliai Airport.
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“
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