Freer air in Lithuania

  • 2004-02-26
With air traffic deregulation to take place in the near future in Lithuania, the country expects tougher competition among airlines. In May this year the Baltic state will liberalize its air space, though it may not see the arrival of low-fare airlines for some time.

The CEO of the Kaunas Airport, Rimants Skridaila, explained that the airport had begun negotiations with Ireland's Ryanair and other low-fare airlines a few years ago. According to Skridaila, Ryanair has shown a strong interest in beginning flights to at least one Baltic destination, though it might prefer flying closer to Riga. The head of the Kaunas Airport added that another low fare carrier, EasyJet, has dismissed Lithuania as too small a market.
Meanwhile, Vidmantas Kairys, a deputy director of the Civil Aviation Department, told the daily Verslo Zinios that Italy's Alisea Airlines had expressed an interest in flying to the Baltic country