VILNIUS - Passenger traffic at Vilnius Airport crossed the five million mark on the last day of 2019, setting a new annual record for the Lithuanian capital's airport, Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports) said.
"We are more than happy to end the year having reached the result, which is of high significance for us and enables us to continue planning new scopes of activity," Vilnius Airport Director Dainius Ciuplys said in a press release.
He attributed growth in passenger traffic in the last quarter of 2019 to the launch of flights to the Israeli resort of Eilat, and pre-holiday season trips.
Passenger numbers are expected to rise further in 2020, with seven new routes planned to be launched from Vilnius in the spring – to Zaporizhia and Yerevan by Wizz Air, and to Hamburg, Zurich, Gothenburg, Dubrovnik and Rijeka by Airbaltic.
Vilnius Airport's plans for 2020 include starting the construction of a new departure terminal, and opening a new VIP terminal in the first half of the year.
The capital's airport handled 4.9 million of passengers in 2018. All three Lithuanian international airports serviced a total of 6.3 million passengers.