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KAUNAS AIRPORT

A new terminal for passengers was opened in March 2008, designed to handle up to 800,000 passengers per year. “Further terminal extension is planned, with a higher annual passenger throughput,” Baltrusaityte explains, attributing a lot of the airport’s recent successes to having a vision for the future and finding the right market. “Kaunas has been an international airport for many years, although, until the arrival of Ryanair, there was a niche in the Lithuanian air travel market, a need for low-cost travel. We succeed and Ryanair landed base at Kaunas Airport in 2010; it was a revolutionary step and that year we recorded biggest growth in Europe – a 77 percent leap in passenger numbers.” Four international airlines use Kaunas. And it is expanding. “We have obviously Ryanair, while we also have IrAero, a Russian airline operating

from Kaunas to Moscow Domodedovo, Air Baltic, and now WOW Air, which is operated by Avion Express,” says Baltrusaityte. Icelandic carrier WOW air will connect Kaunas to Reykjavik starting from June 11, 2012. The airline will operate a 168-seater Airbus A320-200 on the route. The flights will be operated once a week, on Mondays. “This exciting destination is great news. Adding Reykjavik to the Kaunas flight map means we will have a total of 24 destinations to choose from for our passengers.” WOW air is a young airline, founded in 2011, operating a fleet of Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Its flight network covers 12 European airports. Kaunas will be the 13th one. WOW airfares include taxes and baggage allowance of up to 20 kg for each passenger.

Litcargus Established in 1993 Litcargus is the first independent private owned ground handling company in Lithuania. Starting from a Lufthansa flights handling team, Litcargus has grown to a well known trustworthy partner for airlines in Vilnius Airport. In 2004 the Kaunas branch was opened. Taking into account high quality service can be provided even under time pressure, low fare airline Ryanair expanded its operations and opened a base here. In summer 2011 Litcargus arrived to Palanga, covering all commercial airports of Lithuania. A dedicated team of highly qualified employees provides high quality service ensuring customer satisfaction offering full range of ground handling services: passenger and baggage handling, ramp services, ticketing, GSA, VIP services along with a modern and fully equipped cargo terminal in Vilnius. This year Litcargus shall change its brand name and will be known as Central European Airport Services (CEAS). Following strategy of constant growth, together with new owners Royalton Capital Investors II L.P., CEAS has targeted to become the strong and reliable partner for airlines in Central Europe, beginning to provide our services in the first Polish airport for summer 2012.

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European Outlook / Issue 2  
European Outlook / Issue 2  

European Outlook / Issue 2