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It guarantees safe and comfortable trip, offering spacious aircraft for the longlegged, healthy nourishment for the health conscious and happy friendly staff for all passengers. “The new route will be for the summer of 2012,” Baltrusaityte says. Although Kaunas does not compare itself to major hubs like Copenhagen, Oslo or Stockholm, the rampant upward trend in passenger traffic has been positive and the future is bright, says Baltrusaityte. Last year’s traffic at Lithuanian airports was the highest on record. “Passenger numbers here have not dropped in nine years. We believe it is a successful strategy to follow further.” According to data from the Statistic Department, a total of 2.7 million passengers passed through Lithuanian airports (Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga) in 2011, a 17.9 percent hike compared to 2010. “Air transportation is being expanded very successfully in the country,” says Baltrusaityte. “To support that growth further terminal extension is planned. We haven’t set a clear timeline for that yet, but we are planning moderate modernisation in 2012.” Kaunas Airport reported two times more passengers in 2011 42
“Last year’s traffic at Lithuanian airports was the highest on record”
and passenger flow went up by eight percent. “We consider the years 20102011 to be very good for the airport,” Baltrusaityte explains. The Airport also recognises the significance of financing of European Union structural funds, which have helped improve infrastructure. “EU funds are crucial in improving the infrastructure of all the airports. Only renovated and well performing Lithuanian airports can succeed in attracting more new air carriers and increasing passenger flows. “Several serious projects have been completed using EU financing at Kaunas.” And the good times are set to continue, with the launch of a new air hotel. “A Norwegian-Lithuanian JV company has established Air Hotel and have rented the land right next to the passenger
Working in close conjunction with the excellent management team at Kaunas Airport we have supported the airport´s development through the development of the terminal area feasibility study, the Kaunas Airpark feasibility study and the Airport´s Master Plan. These studies involved a full range of our skills including traffic forecasting, terminal and airport infrastructure planning, commercial and ancillary development, ground access strategy, financial and economic feasibility.
terminal in which to construct their hotel,” says Baltrusaityte. “It is an economy class hotel and discussions with the hotel chains are underway now and are at an advanced stage. An agreement should be reached soon. In the first stage there should be 90 rooms available. There are four stages of the hotel development plan and there might be development of up to 400 rooms.” She is excited by the project. “It will be great for passengers. They’ll be offered a really convenient service, at low cost.” To learn more about Kaunas Airport visit www.kaunas-airport.lt.
European Outlook / Issue 2