aA
LOT Polish Airlines is launching new direct business flights between Vilnius Airport and London City Airport on Wednesday.
LOT launching flights from Vilnius to London City
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the operator of Vilnius Airport, says the new route is key to improving air connectivity to major financial centers and the image of Lithuania. The link is also expected to give a boost of the tourism, transport and service sectors.

LOT will operate a twice daily service between Vilnius and London City on weekdays and one daily flight on weekends during the summer season.

Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Rokas Masiulis has said the business community has been asking for the route for several years.

According to the minister, the route will be supported under a special aid mechanism, the first of its kind in Europe. It took two years for the government to convince the European Commission to allow Lithuania to apply such a mechanism.

The more seats are sold on each flight, the less it will cost the state, Masiulis said.

Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevicius has said that the maximum amount of state aid will not exceed 3 million euros annually.

Lietuvos Oro Uostai had sought to attract an airline to fly passengers to London City for several years. Last November, the state-owned company said it had awarded a five-contract to operate the service to LOT following a tender process.

Currently, flights from Lithuania's three international airports in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga are only operated by budget carriers -- Hungary's Wizz Air and Ireland's Ryanair.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Foreign Minister doubts business could be obliged to cut ties with Russia

MP Raimundas Lopata recently proposed adopting a law that would oblige Lithuanian companies to...

Adviser: 3rd electricity market liberalization stage should be postponed

The process of electricity market liberalization in Lithuania is failing, therefore, its third stage...

Regulator: Perlas Energija may lose electricity supply licence

The National Energy Regulatory Council (VERT), having analysed legislation, concluded that independent...

Minister: decision by Perlas Energija to abolish fixed-rate plans for electricity was unlawfu

Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys has stated that the National Energy Regulatory Council (VERT)...

Unemployment rate stood at 5.2%

Statistics Lithuania reports that based on data of the Statistical Survey on Employment, in Q2 2022,...

Top news

Landsbergis: finding ways to pay for Kaliningrad transit is Moscow’s task, not Vilnius’

It is Moscow’s task, and not that of Vilnius, to find ways to make payments for the services related...

Seimas speaker: Kyiv is now bridge to Europe for Belarus

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, says that two years ago the people of Lithuania...

Bomb threat made against Belarusian opposition’s event

On Tuesday, the police received an email with threats of bomb explosions in multiple buildings in...

Adviser: 3rd electricity market liberalization stage should be postponed

The process of electricity market liberalization in Lithuania is failing, therefore, its third stage...

Presidency will consider stripping figure skaters of state awards if they perform in Russia amid war in Ukraine

The presidency will consider stripping Lithuania’s figure skaters Povilas Vanagas and Margarita...