Vilnius airport revamp to pull down tourist flows by 40% in summer

At the Vilnius Airport
DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

“Our forecast is that number of passengers will decline by at least 40 percent when the airport is closed, as compared with last year. This means that 40 percent of seats will not be moved to the Kaunas airport,” Žydrė Gavelienė, president of the National Tourism Business Association, told a news conference on Thursday.

The possibility is not ruled out that the runway reconstruction in Vilnius may last more than 35 days in July and August, and the uncertainty about the airport’s operations may put off people from traveling to the Lithuanian capital for most of the summer.

Gaveliene expressed certitude that this would benefit airports of the largest neighboring states.

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