Nowadays Lithuania, which has a very suitable geographical position at the crossroads of trade and passenger ways from West Europe and Scandinavia to Russia and Asia, is one of the central transport junction of Eastern Europe. The Scandinavian destination, as well as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dublin, Riga, Kiev and Moscow are considered to be the most popular in Lithuania.
There are three airports in Lithuania today, which are able to receive international flights. They are the International Airport of Vilnius (VNO/EYVI), the International Airport of Kaunas (KUN/EYKA) and the airport of Palanga (PIQ/EYPA). There is also an airport in Siauliai, but it is used mostly as a freight terminal which sometimes sends and receives charter flights.
The company Air Lithuania is a national aircraft of Lithuania. Besides there are at least three other big aircompanies: Lithuanian Airlines (Lietuvos avialinijos (LAL)), the first Lithuanian private aircompany “Aurela” and aircompany “Lietuva”. Latvian national aircompany AirBaltic is also considered to be one of the most important aircrafts in Lithuania. It is situated in Riga and Vilnius.
The airport in Vilnius is the largest in the country. About one and a half million people pass through its terminals every year. After becoming part of Euro union, Lithuania has experienced a “boom” in aircraft. After the year 2004 the number of young people going abroad to work in such rich countries of the EU as Great Britain and Germany has increased greatly.
Moreover, the popularity of Lithuania among tourists is increasing. The international discount air companies work actively in Lithuania, that is why the interest of West Europeans to this region increased. The leader of discount transportations in Lithuania is an Irish company Ryanair.
Not surprisingly, the main resort of Lithuania Palanga is preparing to a huge modernization of its airport in the nearest future. After the reconstruction of the runway the airport in Palanga is supposed to be able to receive 4 planes like Boing 737 an hour at once.