Airport operator Lithuanian Airports has revealed that its three airports handled 6.5 million passengers in 2019, marking a significant growth compared with 2018, while Dublin Airport has reported 4% year-on-year (YoY) passenger growth.

The highest increase was observed at Lithuania’s Kaunas International Airport, which recorded a YoY growth of 15% in terms of passenger numbers from 2018.

This growth is said to be higher than that of Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw Airports.

Vilnius Airport crossed the five million annual passengers mark for the first time, which is a 2% increase since last year.

The airport introduced four new destinations to London City, Eilat, Kharkov and Southend and a new airline company, Laudamotion, also started flight operations from the airport.

In addition, the frequency of flights to Istanbul, Stockholm, Vienna and Tel Aviv were increased and the airline company airBaltic started using the larger Airbus aircraft, which offered more seating.

Palanga Airport saw an increase of 12% in its number of flights.

Lithuanian Airports Aviation Services Division head Aurimas Stikliūnas said: “The number of flights in Palanga grew faster than that of passengers. Such change was determined by two new and strategically important directions to Dortmund and Bergen, also the increased frequency of flights to Riga.”

The airport handled 17.2 thousand tonnes of cargo last year, which marks a 7% increase compared with the previous year.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, Dublin Airport served 32.9 million passengers last year, which is a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 4%.

Short-haul traffic at the airport saw an increase of 5%, with 27.7 million passengers, while long-haul passenger traffic was around 5.2 million, which is a 4% increase.

Dublin Airport introduced 25 new routes to Calgary, Dallas-Fort-Worth and Minneapolis-St Paul, among others. Passenger capacity also increased for the existing routes from the airport.

Dublin Airport plans to introduce 12 new routes to locations such as Shanghai via Helsinki with Juneyao Air, and San Francisco with United Airlines.