It's important for Lithuania to preserve Frankfurt-Vilnius flights – Lithuanian president

  • 2020-03-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – It's important for Lithuania to preserve flights between Frankfurt and Vilnius to ensure safe return of Lithuanians home, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says.

He said he had discussed the issue with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a phone conversation on Tuesday.

"I raised the issue of preserving flights between Frankfurt and Vilnius for Lithuanian citizens and citizens of other Baltic states to be able to swiftly and safely return via Frankfurt," Nauseda posted on Facebook on Tuesday night.

Up until now, Lufthansa has flown from Frankfurt to Vilnius. But Vilnius Airport said the flight scheduled for Tuesday night had been cancelled.

Nauseda said he thanked the German president for his involvement in the resolution of the situation on the German-Polish border. The two presidents also discussed cooperation in organizing ferries to Klaipeda, Nauseda said.

Many Lithuanians were left stranded on the German-Polish border after Poland closed its borders to foreigners to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Poland refused to allow a convoy of passenger cars to cross its territory. Institutions then agreed on a possibility for Lithuanians to return on a bus convoy, and also by ferry and train, but the situation is aggravated by the fact that roads are packed in Germany and it's hard to reach the port and train station.