During the first quarter of this year, the total number of flights decreased by 52 percent in comparison to the same period in 2020, when the pandemic had merely commenced impeding the aviation sector, 23.6 thousand flights were provided services (whereas 49.2 thousand flights received the services during the first quarter of 2020).
“The aviation summer season which started at the end of March allows us to hope for an increase in the flight flows. Nevertheless, we are still dependent upon the overflight airlines and the schedule of their flights, which in turn depends upon the weather forecasts at the take-off and landing airports, the weather on the routes and other factors. We are currently very pleased with the positive tendencies of change in the flight schedule of Lufthansa, which is one of the main airspace users in Lithuania. In case we witness the same changes from the side of Finnair and Airbaltic, the number of overflights across Lithuania would increase significantly”, claimed the acting Chief Executive Officer of state enterprise Oro Navigacija Redvita Četkauskienė, who also added that the accelerating process of vaccination as well as the provided convenient opportunities to take the rapid tests at the premises of the airports allows to expect recovery of the terminal flight market too.
During the first quarter of this year the number of overflights across Lithuania decreased by 48 percent and amounted to 19.1 thousand flights. The leaders of overflight market within the respectful quarter were the following airlines: Aeroflot (1.4 thousand flights), Rossiya Airlines (901 flights) and Ural Airlines (878 flights).
During the period of January – March the most popular flight routes were Saint Petersburg – Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad – Moscow (Domodedovo Airport) and Seoul – Frankfurt.
This quarter the four leading airlines in the market of the terminal flights were Airbaltic (453 flights), LOT (369 flights), Wizzair (320 flights) and Ryanair (261 flights).
The most popular routes of this quarter were from Vilnius to Riga (165 flights), to Minsk (153 flights) and to London (138 flights).
During the first quarter of this year the biggest number of the aircraft took off and landed at Vilnius Airport (the air traffic controllers at this airport provided services to 3 thousand aircraft which amounts to 67 percent less than during the same period of the last year). Kaunas Airport provided services to 815 aircraft (61 percent less than last year), Palanga Airport – to 184 aircraft (79 percent less than last year) and Šiauliai Airport – to 555 aircraft (merely 6 percent less than last year).
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.
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