Vilnius International Airport
Tarptautinis Vilniaus oro uostas
|Owner||Government of Lithuania|
|Operator||SE "Lithuanian Airports"|
|Focus city for|
|Time zone||Eastern European Time (UTC+02:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||646 ft / 197 m|
Source: Lithuanian Airports, 2020
Vilnius International Airport (IATA: VNO, ICAO: EYVI) (Lithuanian: Vilniaus oro uostas) is the airport of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. It is located 5.9 km (3.7 mi) south of the city center. It is the largest of the three commercial airports in Lithuania by passenger traffic, with one runway and 5 million passengers a year. Vilnius International Airport serves as a base for airBaltic, Ryanair, and Wizz Air. The airport is managed by state-owned enterprise Lithuanian Airports under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The airport began operations on 17 August 1932 as Wilno–Porubanek, Porubanek was the name of the neighbouring village which today is part of the Kirtimai district of Vilnius. Before World War II, it operated the then-domestic route between Wilno (Vilnius) and Warsaw as well as international route to Riga. Since 15 April 1939, it inaugurated a new route to Kovno (nowadays Kaunas). The airport was used as a military airfield during WWII. The airport resumed its activity as a civil airport as of 17 July 1944.
Lithuanian Airlines (branded later as FlyLAL) was established as the Lithuanian flag carrier following independence in 1991 and inherited the Vilnius-based Aeroflot fleet of Tupolev Tu-134, Yakovlev Yak-40, Yak-42 and Antonov An-24, An-26 aircraft, but rapidly replaced these Soviet-era aircraft types with modern Boeing 737 and Boeing 757 jets and Saab 340, Saab 2000 turboprops. Operations were suspended effective 17 January 2009 as a result of growing financial difficulties. With the collapse of flyLAL, the airport lost its scheduled services to Amsterdam, Budapest, Istanbul, Madrid and Tbilisi. flyLAL used to operate to Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Milan and Paris in competition with Aer Lingus, airBaltic or Lufthansa.
AirBaltic, the national airline of Latvia and under Scandinavian Airlines part-ownership, opened up a second base at Vilnius in 2004 to complement its Riga operation and became the largest carrier at Vilnius, using Boeing 737 jets and Fokker 50 turboprops. At one point, airBaltic operated to 19 destinations from Vilnius but, in 2009, the network covered only three destinations served by two aircraft based at Vilnius.
Vilnius Airport is the main hub for Grand Cru Airlines and a base for Wizz Air. It used to be a main hub for Star1 Airlines until their end of operations in September 2010 and Aurela until Aurela had lost its flight license. It was the hub for Small Planet Airlines and Aviavilsa until both airlines folded. The airport was a secondary hub for airBaltic, Estonian Air and Skyways Express until they closed the bases in Vilnius.
On 30 June 2013, Air Lituanica also began its flights from the Vilnius Airport and established its base there serving several European cities. However, by 22 May 2015, the airline shut down all operations as well.
The airport was closed for 35 days from 14 July 2017 to 17 August 2017 (inclusive) for runway reconstruction work, with all flights diverted to Kaunas Airport.
The construction of the current airport building started in 1949 and completed in 1954. It features a standard 1950s Soviet airport terminal design, originally intended for an airport with up to 20 aircraft movements per day. On the outside, it is decorated with sculptures of soldiers, workers and aviators, while inside walls and ceilings feature wreaths, bay leaves and stars, and until the early 1990s, the Soviet hammer and sickle, typical decor for Soviet public buildings of early post-war years.
A new departure terminal, connected with the old building, was built in 1993. Since then, the old building has been used as the arrival terminal only.
In November 2007, the new 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft) terminal building was opened for operations which improved the capacity and facilities of the airport and complies with the requirements of the Schengen agreement. The passenger throughput of the terminal increased, passenger service quality was improved and more stringent aviation security measures were implemented. The new area of the renovated passenger terminal now reaches 3,462 m2 (37,260 sq ft). It is equipped with 6 passenger boarding bridges, modern passenger check-in equipment, new travel value and duty-free shops were opened as well as business lounge and VIP Lounge.
Construction of a new departure terminal at Vilnius Airport started in January 2023. After the completion of this 14,400 sq. m. terminal, the total area of Vilnius Airport passenger terminals will increase by one third, and passenger throughput will double – from 1,200 passengers per hour to 2,400. Together with the construction of the new terminal, a redevelopment of road infrastructure is planned, including upgrades of engineering networks and a new transport scheme. The terminal is scheduled to open in early 2025 with projected cost of 50.2 million euros.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Vilnius:
|airBaltic|| Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels (resumes 30 October 2023), Málaga, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Riga, Tallinn |
Seasonal: Dubai–International (begins 1 November 2023), Dubrovnik, Gran Canaria (begins 2 December 2023), Hamburg, Heraklion, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South (begins 31 October 2023), Turin (begins 23 December 2023)
|Avion Express||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Barcelona, Burgas, Catania, Enfidha, Faro, Funchal, Gazipaşa, Heraklion, Hurghada, Lamezia Terme, Málaga, Rhodes,  Sharm El Sheikh,  Tenerife–South, Tivat, Varna|
|Buzz||Seasonal charter: Tirana|
|Enter Air||Seasonal charter: Funchal|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|GetJet Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Batumi, Bodrum, Burgas, Corfu, Gazipaşa, Heraklion, Hurghada, Lamezia Terme, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Varna|
|LOT Polish Airlines|| Warsaw–Chopin, London–City |
Seasonal charter: Kavala
|Norwegian Air Shuttle|| Oslo |
|Ryanair|| Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Billund, Bremen, Dublin, Eindhoven, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Malta, Nuremberg, Oslo, Rome–Fiumicino, Tel Aviv, Treviso, Turin, Vienna |
Seasonal: Athens, Corfu, Hahn, Varna
|Scandinavian Airlines||Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda|
|Smartwings||Seasonal charter: Marsa Alam, Zakynthos|
|SkyUp||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh|
|SunExpress||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Zürich|
|Turkish Airlines|| Istanbul |
Seasonal charter: Antalya
|Wizz Air|| Barcelona, Beauvais, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kutaisi, Larnaca, London–Luton, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Reykjavik–Keflavik, Rome–Fiumicino, Sandefjord, Tel Aviv |
Seasonal: Grenoble, Nice, Split
|DHL Aviation||Leipzig/Halle, Riga|
|Turkish Cargo||Istanbul, Prague|
"Vilnius airport statistics".
|1||Antalya||341,291||Avion Express, Freebird Airlines, GetJet Airlines, SkyUp, SunExpress, Turkish Airlines|
|2||Warsaw-Chopin||214,147||LOT Polish Airlines,|
|3||London-Luton||209,500||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|5||Oslo||161,279||Ryanair, Norwegian Air Shuttle|
|8||London-Stansted||118,649||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|11||Eindhoven||98,714||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|13||Stockholm-Arlanda||85,397||Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines|
|16||Beauvais||72,282||Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|19||Barcelona||63,241||Wizz Air, Ryanair|
|20||Heraklion||59,690||airBaltic, Avion Express, GetJet Airlines|
|Rank||City||Flights per week|
Direct train services between Vilnius Airport Railway Station (referred to as "Oro uostas" in the schedules) and the central station of Vilnius were started in October 2008. Distance from the Airport to the Vilnius Central Railway Station (LTG Link) is 4.3 kilometres (2.7 mi), the journey takes 8 minutes.
The direct intercity express services operate from the Airport to Klaipėda, Palanga, Minsk and Daugavpils. Also, the Latvian company Flybus.lv operates service from Vilnius airport to Riga (via Panevėžys and Bauska).
City's public buses operate from the airport. Tickets can be bought from: Trafi, M.Ticket. Also, the company Toks transports passengers from the bus station to Vilnius airport and back by microbuses.
Passenger handling, aircraft handling, into-plane fueling and de-icing/anti-icing services are handled by BGS and Litcargus.
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