Since the Polish airline Eurolot announced the opening of a new route Vilnius–Krakow–Vilnius, Vilnius International Airport (hereinafter referred to as the VIA) now offers flights to 31 cities and 36 airports in Europe and Russia for the summer season. 40 direct regular flights shall be operated from Vilnius. 21 airlines shall be offering flights during the summer season.
In 2012 air transport company Eurolot acquired 20 new turbo-propeller airliners Bombardier Dash8 Q400 NG. Flights between the second largest Polish city Krakow and Vilnius performed by these airliners with 78 passenger seats shall be operated on the 7th June, twice a week on Thursday and Sunday. Until recently there has been no direct connection between Vilnius and Krakow.
Ryanair airline opened a new route to Paris as of 26 March. The first flight was a tremendous success – the aircraft loading amounted to almost 100 per cent. As of now flights to the capital city of France, Beauvais airport, shall be operated three times per week. On 27 March at 10:10 am first Ryanair passengers took off from Vilnius to German resort Baden-Baden. Flights by the new route shall be operated Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Expanding its route network from Vilnius, air transport company Wizz Air shall bring a second aircraft Airbus A320 to its flight base in Vilnius and shall be offering flights to five new destinations as of May 2012. As of 27 May regular flights shall connect Vilnius and Bergen, as well as South Norwegian city Stavanger and Oslo Sandefjord airport. Wizz Air also introduces two destinations to Paris and Liverpool twice a week starting 28 May. More frequent flights are planned for several currently operating routes – London, Eindhoven, Doncaster and Cork.
Israel airline Sun d’Or announced that, in cooperation with Israel’s national airlines El Al, it is to launch new direct flights between Tel Aviv and Vilnius International Airport as of 20 June this year. Flights to Tel Aviv are scheduled once a week on Wednesdays. Flight duration 4 h 20 min. Flights shall be operated by Boeing 757-200 with 210 passenger seats.
Airline Iceland Express shall offer direct flights on Wednesdays for the summer season from 26 June through 29 August from Vilnius to the capital of Iceland Reykjavik. It will be the only direct flight connecting Iceland and the Baltic region. Passengers will be offered approximately 3,600 seats through the planned season; flights will be operated by aircraft Airbus A320 with 180 passenger seats.
Communication with Russia has increased significantly. Aeroflot will be operating daily flights to Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Ak Bars Aero airline will be operating flights to Saint Petersburg on Mondays and Thursdays, and Aerosvit Airlines shall expand its flight schedule to Kiev from 2 to 3 flights per day.
Responding to growing demand of business and tourism sectors Vilnius International Airport shall continue expanding its flight geography.