Just as it was expected, the statistics for July shows growing numbers in the flight flows. The numbers were influenced by reduced restraints pertaining to COVID-19, especially the restrictions in border permeability. Nevertheless, the newly elected head of state enterprise Oro Navigacija, who is so far the acting chief executive officer of the enterprise, Marius Beliūnas remarks, that it is still a bit too early to rejoice as the situation is not stable yet.
“Just as it was expected, the flows of flights in July increased, nevertheless, it should be noted that July and August were always the top months in our country: both the number of flights and the flow of passengers in these two months traditionally increased. This time is the holiday season, therefore, this year as usually people are longing for new experiences and are in a hurry to travel. The most up-to-date data provided by EUROCONTROL shows that across the world the number of flights reached 48.4 percent of the flight flows in 2019, however, despite the improving indicators, the recovery of the aviation sector will be long and complicated since most of the experts forecast that we will return to the level of the last year in 2024 only”, stated Marius Beliūnas.
In July the total number of flights within the Lithuanian airspace in comparison to the same month last year decreased by 64.1 percent and amounted to 9827 flights, while the number of overflights decreased by 68.3 percent (6764 flights in total).
In July the biggest number of overflights across the Republic of Lithuania were to the Russian Federation – air traffic controllers provided services to 2436 flights. The second place was taken by Germany – 848 flights, while the third by Latvia – 502 flights.
The main airlines executing overflights increased the number of flights in comparison to the last year, those were: Sverdlovsk Air (Russian Federation), Pobeda Airlines (Russian Federation), AirBridgeCargo (Russian Federation), Lufthansa Cargo (Germany) and Cargolux (Luxembourg).
Whereas within the terminal flight market the top five airlines were: Ryanair (481 flight), Wizzair (460 flights), Airbaltic (430 flights), SAS (108 flights), and LOT (95 flights).
The most popular directions for terminal flights were Vilnius – Riga (50 percent of flights restored), Vilnius – Warsaw (one-third of flights restored), Vilnius – London LTN (50 percent of flights restored).
During the last month, most of the aircraft took off and landed at Vilnius Airport. 1860 aircraft received services at this airport, which amounts to 55 percent less than during the same period last year. 632 aircraft received services at Kaunas Airport (32 percent less than last year), 303 aircraft received services at Palanga Airport (31 percent less than last year) and 296 aircraft – at Šiauliai Airport (46 percent less than last year).
The peak day of the month was the 23rd of July. 380 aircraft traveled within the airspace of Lithuania on that day.
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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Company code: 210060460
VAT code: LT100604610
Tel.: +370 706 94 502,
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