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“.

Sources: businessman Stonys detained as part of probe into VAT fraud scheme (1)

Lithuanian businessman Rimandas Stonys, active in the energy area, has been detained as part of an...

Vilnius Airport opens Covid-19 testing site (1)

From March 1st, passenger travelling though Vilnius Airport will have the option of conveniently...

OECD: Lithuania needs to boost municipal borrowing capacity

Lithuania needs to increase the borrowing capacity of its municipalities for public investment to...

5 smart city solutions from KTU students for Kaunas

Smart waste collection systems, advanced street lighting, mobile applications informing on the traffic...

Avia Solutions Group calls block on its investment in Vilnius "witch hunt"

Avia Solutions Group, an aviation business group, says it is disappointed with the recent decision by...

Top news

Lithuania eases outdoor restrictions allows driving lessons

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to relax restrictions for outdoor activities and allow...

Negative corona test from all travelers required from March 10

Starting March 10, all travelers arriving or returning to Lithuania will need to present a negative...

How an International Education Empowers Learners to Succeed (1)

In a world that is changing at lightning speed every day, it is vital for children not only to learn...

501 new COVID-19 cases

On Tuesday, 501 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the pandemic,...

Sources: businessman Stonys detained as part of probe into VAT fraud scheme (1)

Lithuanian businessman Rimandas Stonys, active in the energy area, has been detained as part of an...