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Palanga Airport

Palangos oro uostas
PLQ Airport Logo.svg
Plq-apt-aug222008.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerMinistry of Transport and Communications
OperatorSE "Lithuanian Airports"
ServesPalanga, Lithuania
Elevation AMSL10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates55°58′24″N 021°05′38″E / 55.97333°N 21.09389°E / 55.97333; 21.09389Coordinates: 55°58′24″N 021°05′38″E / 55.97333°N 21.09389°E / 55.97333; 21.09389
Websitewww.palanga-airport.lt/en
Map
PLQ is located in Lithuania
PLQ
PLQ
Location of airport in Lithuania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 7,478 2,280 Asphalt (45 m or 148 ft wide)
Statistics (2019)
Number of Passengers338,309
Passenger change 18–19Increase6.8%
Aircraft movements5,167
Movement change 18–19Increase11.8%
Cargo (tonnes)5,811
Cargo change 18–19Decrease83.5%
Source: Lithuanian Airports, 2020 [1]

Palanga International Airport ((IATA: PLQ, ICAO: EYPA) Lithuanian: Tarptautinis Palangos oro uostas) is a regional international airport located near the resort town Palanga at the Baltic Sea. It is the third largest airport in Lithuania and focuses on short and mid-range routes to European destinations. It serves Lithuanian Baltic sea resorts of Palanga and the city of Klaipėda, and parts of Samogitia and western Latvia.[2]

History

Palanga Airport started operations in 1937 at a site 7 kilometers East of the current terminal, near the Palanga-Darbėnai road. The Lithuanian Air Force pilots were trained there. In 1939, the first scheduled airline service in Lithuania began operating on Kaunas – Palanga route.

From 1940–1941, and again in 1945–1963, the airport was used by the Air Force of the Soviet Union. The new air strip and facilities at the current site first appeared during the post-World War II period. In 1963, the airport was converted to a civilian airport. In 1991, Palanga Airport was re-registered as a national airport owned and run by the state.

Since 1993, the number of passengers passing through the airport has been increasing annually. Between 1994 and 1997, the passenger terminal was renovated. Passenger services and luggage handling was modernized to comply with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Between 1994–1995, the flight control center was refurbished. In 1996–1997 the runway surface, and in 1998 the airport apron and taxiways were renovated. Since 1997, the airport joined the major international aviation organization ACI (Airports Council International).

After Lithuania became a member of the European Union, passengers in 2004 increased more than 60% in comparison with that of 2003.

Infrastructure improvements continued in 2007 with the construction of North terminal to expand the terminals' area by 2000 m2 as well as to comply with Schengen border crossing regimen. In June–October 2007 the runway 01/19 was expanded to 2280x45 meters along with installation of LIH (high intensity) lighting and embedding the runway centerline lights. The facility expansion completed in 2007 has made long-range route servicing a possibility. Over two hundred people are employed by the airport facilities.

Terminals

Two adjacent terminals connected by short walkways and a transit area serve the airport:

Because of one-level terminal buildings layout where both departures and arrivals are handled on the ground floor level, there are no jet bridges at the airport. Passengers are transported to and from the aircraft by specialized shuttles.

Non-Schengen Departure Area
Non-Schengen Departure Area
Duty Free Shop
Duty Free Shop

Airlines and destinations

Check-in Area
Check-in Area

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Palanga Airport:

AirlinesDestinations
airBaltic Riga
Norwegian Air Shuttle[3] Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Dublin, London–Stansted
Scandinavian Airlines[4] Copenhagen, Oslo
Wizz Air London–Luton

Statistics

Annual passenger traffic at PLQ airport. See source Wikidata query.

Ground transportation

References

  1. ^ "PLQ" (PDF). www.ltou.lt. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  2. ^ "About Lithuanian Airports". www.ltou.lt. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Route map". norwegian.com.
  4. ^ "Where SAS is flying this summer". sasgroup.net.
  5. ^ "Microsoft Word – Lithuania Air Transport Infrastructure – no security.doc" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 May 2011.

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