Learn why Lithuania’s airports are flying high

Despite headwinds from the war in Ukraine and airspace closures over neighbouring Belarus, Lithuania’s airports are emerging from the pandemic in remarkably robust shape, as Tom Batchelor and Gordon Smith discover

Surging passenger numbers and aircraft movements, new routes and increased flight frequencies, a massive airfield renovation project and plans for a new Ryanair maintenance facility are making for exciting times at Lithuanian Airports. The state enterprise that manages Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga gateways is charting an impressive post-pandemic turnaround. While the war in Ukraine has darkened skies, neither the Russian invasion nor the lingering effects of COVID-19 have derailed a recovery that Aurimas Stikliūnas – the interim head of Lithuanian Airports – said was happening “much faster than forecast”.

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