VILNIUS - Lithuania's flagship carrier Lietuvos Avialinijos (Lithuanian Airlines) carried a total of 312,000 passengers in 2003, a 2.5 percent rise year-on-year. LAL carried 285,600 passengers on 3,800 regular flights last year. The average number of passengers per flight rose by 7.1 percent year-on-year to 75.
"Growth in passenger traffic on regular routes is perfect evidence that we are competitive and attractive to customers. Our decisions to offer more flights to Amsterdam and London and to establish a route to Brussels have justified our hopes," said Dalijus Zebrauskas, LAL's sales and marketing director.
LAL expects the passenger traffic to grow further, thanks to a decline in ticket prices and improved scheduling of flights.
LAL controls some 45 percent of passenger flow on regular routes serviced by the Vilnius airport.