Flights from Lithuania to the UK were Most Frequent in November; Most Popular Direction of Overflights: to Russia
Flights to the United Kingdom made up the largest number of flights operated from Lithuania in November 2018, and as to the flights crossing the Lithuanian airspace by transit, most frequent were overflights to Russia, a press release by Oro Navigacija states.
According to the Air Navigation Service Provider SE Oro navigacija, in November air companies were flying mostly to the United Kingdom (252 flights), Latvia (232), Germany (221). Poland (218) and Denmark (169). Directions of flights via the Lithuanian airspace were as follows: the Russian Federation (3.4 thousand flights), Germany (2.6 thousand), Latvia (963), Finland (830) and Poland (505).
In November the number of flights in the Lithuanian airspace handled by air traffic controllers made up 19.2 thousand, i.e. was higher by 3.5 per cent, compared to the same period last year. Three fourths of this number (or 14.3 thousand) accounted for the overflights, i.e. flights of aircraft crossing the Lithuanian airspace without landing at a Lithuanian airport.
Of all the aircraft movements in November, almost three fourths (73.2 per cent, or 3.6 thousand) were handled in Vilnius airport. The numbers of aircraft movements in Kaunas, Palanga and Šiauliai airports were respectively: 765 (15.5 per cent), 282 (5.7 per cent) and 279 (5.6 per cent). Compared to the same period last year, numbers of aircraft movements in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga increased by 2.9, 21.4 and 11 per cent respectively, while the number of aircraft movements in Šiauliai decreased by 45.4 per cent.
In November the largest number of flights in the Lithuanian airspace was operated by five airlines: the Russian Aeroflot (1844, or by 15 per cent more flights, compared to the same period last year), the Latvian Air Baltic (1813, or by 9 per cent more flights, compared to the same period last year), the Finnish Finnair (1479, or by 13.2 per cent less flights, compared to the same period last year), the German Lufthansa (1358, or by 0.3 per cent less flights) and the Irish Ryanair (1113, or by 12.1 per cent more flights).
In November 2018, compared to last year, five airlines – major users of the Lithuanian airspace – remained the same, only the Russian Aeroflot, which operated by 241 flights more than last year, outran Finnair as well as Air Baltic (that were respectively on 1st and 2nd place in 2017) and came first.
The Lithuanian airspace has been included into air routes of over 900 air companies.
To ensure that flights are operated safely, efficiently and on time, air navigation services are provided to aircraft from the moment of launching an engine and starting from a parking area to the moment of landing at an aerodrome of destination. Air navigation services in the Lithuanian airspace and Lithuanian airports are provided by SE Oro navigacija.
The costs of Oro navigacija are fully covered by revenue from the main activities – provision of air navigation services, the enterprise receives no funds from the state budget.