Kaunas Airport


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Major Reasons To Serve This Airport

Formerly the capital of Lithuania, Kaunas impresses today’s visitor. In fact, the city welcomes the visitor with statues of freedom fighters, poets, and grand dukes. Furthermore, its heroic past is present in the remnants of a castle. The fact that Kaunas was Lithuania's capital during the 1920s and 1930s has left the city with many architectural gems of that period.

  • Lithuania is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for both tourist and business traffic, as figures for the first half of 2015 attest. Following the 10% growth achieved in the first six months.
  • Kaunas’ heroic past is present in the remnants of a castle. Supposedly, the first brick castle at the confluence of the rivers the Nemunas and the Neris was built at the 14th century when the attacks of Teutonic Order began. The castle was fence-type, without towers, it had double walls from stones and bricks from the outside.
  • In 1920, when Poland occupied Vilnius, Kaunas became the capital of the independent Republic of Lithuania (1920–1939) and the most important Lithuanian city. As the economy was growing, it was sought to make the capital a modern European city.
  • Kaunas’ Town Hall is distinguished by its slenderness and grace; it is often called The White Swan. Its tower of height of 53 meters is the highest in the old city.

Marketing/and other support

In May 2010, Ryanair opened its first base in Eastern Europe, at Kaunas Airport. The phrase missing from your Lithuanian phrase book, which every network planner should know: ‘Bazės Atidarymas’ = ‘Base Opening’. According to Lithuanian tradition, an oak tree was planted as a symbol of the strength and long life of the cooperation between Kaunas Airport and Ryanair. Nowadays, the Irish ULCC connects Kaunas to Birmingham, London Stansted, Ovda, London Gatwick, Oslo Rygge, Dublin, London Luton, Copenhagen, Malta, Bristol, Shannon and Malta.

  • Lithuanian Airports’ route development and marketing team is fully dedicated to the development of your airline business, marketing plans and promotion of your products.
  • We offer a variety of support to welcome and promote new routes, such as: press releases and announcements; flight opening press conferences; activities related with an inaugural flight; press trip in cooperation with tourist boards; and workshops with travel agencies.
  • Possible support from Kaunas region.
  • Airline incentive program; please contact us for further details on the Airline Incentive Program.

Airport Catchment area

Lithuania is served by three commercial airports, namely Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. Kaunas Airport is located in the central part of the country, 14 kilometres away from the second largest city in Lithuania that has a population of 301,357.

  • 60-minute catchment area – 700,000 population;
  • 120-minute catchment area – 2.6 million population;
  • 180-minute catchment area – over 3.5 million population.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Kaunas Airport is located in close proximity to the Free Economic Zone (FEZ), a 534 hectare industrial development area, which offers favorable and smaller taxes for the investors that invest at least €1 million.

  • Direct access to Kaunas Airport from the Free Economic Zone (FEZ);
  • Eastern and Western railway systems connect in Kaunas Palemonas Intermodal Centre;
  • A total of €280 million are expected to be invested by current FEZ companies in the near future;
  • Kaunas Airport features significant air freight time savings, between one and one hour and a half, from Southeast Asia when compared to other European air cargo hubs (Amsterdam and Frankfurt).

The Key Facts Card

Kaunas Airport is the second busiest airport in Lithuania, having handled 724,314 passengers in 2014. The airport is changing rapidly, with a progressive future vision and becoming the base for aviation-related businesses through implementation of the AEROHUB KUN investment project.

Geography

  • Situated in central part of Lithuanian, around 14 kilometres away from the city centre.
  • Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania with a population of 308,831;
  • Kaunas Airport is connected to the city centre via direct bus.
  • There are also intercity services to Vilnius, Klaipėda, Riga and many other Lithuanian cities from the airport.
  • A segment of Rail Baltica between Kaunas and the Polish border officially opened on 16 October 2015.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: one runway (o8/26) – 3,250 metres;
  • Slot Coordinated: no slot constraints;
  • Operating hours: Monday to Sunday – 06:00-24:00;
  • Terminals: one three-storey terminal opened in 2008 and having a capacity of 800,000 passengers;

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news   

  • Lithuanian Airports has launched an ambitious aviation-related business development project at Kaunas Airport – AEROHUB KUN.
  • Lithuanian Airports is seeking to capitalise on Kaunas’ strategically-favourable geographic location by attracting a cluster of aviation-related companies, with phase one already completed.
  • With the completion of Rail Baltica project and nearby Kaunas Intermodal Terminal, Kaunas is set to become one of the strongest cargo transportation and logistics centres in the Baltic Sea region.

Vital statistics       

  • 747.273 passengers served in 2015 (743.388 scheduled and 3.885 charter).
  • 4.703 tons of cargo served in 2015.
  • Largest carrier: Ryanair.

Financials