Vilnius Airport in Lithuania is set to partly resume regular passenger services from mid-May as Lithuania and other European countries begin to ease lockdown restrictions imposed in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak.

The first flights will commence on 13 May and are scheduled to fly to Riga and Frankfurt.

Initially, the airport will carry out flights from Vilnius to Frankfurt three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Aircarrier Lufthansa will operate these flights, the airport stated.

Meanwhile, AirBaltic will operate daily flights to Riga.

Lithuanian Airports Aviation Services head Aurimas Stikliūnas said: “We believe that now is the appropriate time to gradually ease travel restrictions, and we have established a clear strategy for which we are intensively preparing.

“Our strategy is based on the newest health safety recommendations, situation of the virus in every destination country, and plans established by the air carriers. In this stage, Frankfurt is a very important destination and hub airport from which airlines offer many connecting flights to Europe and beyond.”

The airport also suggested that more airlines will restart flights in the second half of this month. However, final decisions are yet to be made by air carriers.

The authorities said earlier that those who travel will still be required to quarantine themselves for two weeks after returning to Lithuania.

So far, Lithuania has over 1,419 confirmed Covid-19 cases. 46 people have died while 638 have recovered in the country.

The lockdown in the country is anticipated to be extended for another two weeks after May 11, with new easing measures.