Lithuanian Airports has announced plans to offer passengers nearly 40 direct routes from May as the summer season of aviation gains momentum.

The direct routes for leisure and business travel will be operated at Lithuania’s Vilnius (VNO), Kaunas (KUN) and Palanga (PLQ) airports.

Lithuanian Airports Aviation Services head Aurimas Stikliūnas said that the general trends in Europe show signs of recovery in passenger aviation.

Stikliūnas said: “Not only are people longing for travel, but they are aware even clearer that the virus will not go away quickly, so they more often decide not to wait and start looking for a destination to fly to. We believe that the offers of new directions will meet their needs.

“In May, new routes will be offered from Vilnius and Kaunas airports. The directions will be relevant both for those flying in popular directions among emigrants or for business purposes and for passengers wishing to have a holiday.”

At Vilnius Airport, the Irish airline Ryanair plans to offer direct flights to Athens, Paris and Oslo from its air gate starting from May. Flights to Moscow (Aeroflot) started on 30 April.

Lithuanian Airports stated that passengers will also have direct flights from Vilnius Airport to Barcelona and Dublin with Ryanair, Dortmund with Wizz Air and a flight to Stansted Airport (STN) in London with Ryanair.

Holidaymakers will be offered a direct route to Larnaca with Wizz Air at the end of the month.

Kaunas Airport plans to offer six new routes that include Wizz Air, which will fly to the Norwegian cities of Ålesund and Stavanger.

Additionally, Ryanair airlines will launch direct flights to holiday destinations that include the Spanish port city of Alicante, Rhodes island in Greece and the city of Paphos on the island of Cyprus.

A direct connection from Kaunas Airport to Bergen in Norway with Wizz Air will also be offered from 31 May.