Some 4.9 million people went through Vilnius Airport last year, compared with 6.1 million in Riga, 3 million in Tallinn, 1 million in Kaunas and 317,000 in Palanga, Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the operator of Lithuania's three international airports, said in its 2018 report.
The neighboring airports of Minsk and Warsaw served 4.54 million and 17.76 million passengers, respectively.
Vilnius Airport handled 47,200 flights last year, compared with 74,800 in Riga, 45,300 in Tallinn, 9,530 in Kaunas and 4,600 in Palanga. Minsk served 26,100 flights and the figure for Warsaw Airport is not available in the report.
Air cargo volumes reached 12,800 tons in Vilnius, 3,100 tons in Kaunas, 4 tons in Palanga, 28,200 tons in Riga, 11,500 tons in Tallinn and 20,200 tons in Minsk. The figure for Warsaw Airport is not available.
The overall passenger traffic at the three Lithuanian airports jumped by 19 percent and flight numbers were up by 11 percent. Both figures hit record highs in 2018, Lietuvos Oro Uostai said.
Overall cargo traffic at the Lithuanian airports increased by more than one-fifth, thanks largely to the launch of regular flights by Turkish Cargo.