Airport news

2019 03 01

Lithuanian Airports record a sharp increase in the checked baggage flows

At the end of last year and the beginning of this year, the company Lithuanian Airports recorded a sharp increase in checked baggage flows. Due to these sudden changes, the company’s representatives notify that they are looking for solutions how to reorganise the baggage acceptance and distribution systems. Undoubtedly, one of the reasons of this growth is air carriers’ Ryanair and Wizz Air baggage rules that became effective at the end of the last year. 

The statistics of the checked baggage at Vilnius and Kaunas airports skyrocketed at the end of the last year and the beginning of this year, several months after the baggage changes introduced by Ryanair and Wizz Air airlines. It was noticed at Vilnius Airport, as compared to December in 2017 and 2018, that a growth in the checked baggage volumes reached 50 percent. By comparing January of 2018 and 2019, the growth was close to 30 percent. 

“By seeing the trends that the quantity of checked baggage may also increase further, we are looking for solutions how to optimize the baggage acceptance and distribution systems used until now and what should be acquired for the Vilnius Airport under reconstruction to be able to meet the arisen demand,” told Head of the capital’s air gates Dainius Čiuplys.

An even more marked growth in the checked baggage volume was noticed at Kaunas Airport. It reached 90 percent at this airport and, and as compared to January of 2018 and 2019, the baggage flow increased by more than 70 percent. Having regard to these figures, the airport management is also planning to take actions seeking to satisfy passengers’ needs. 

Such data are not collected at Palanga Airport; however, like in other airports, an increase in the passenger numbers has been recorded and this may be related also to the growing quantity of checked baggage at the country’s third biggest air gates. 

These cardinal changes urged to revise the already ongoing public procurements for the baggage acceptance, scanning and distribution system at Vilnius Airport under reconstruction.  

It is estimated that last year Ryanair and Wizz Air carriers flew more than half, i.e., 57 percent, of all the passengers who flew through Lithuanian airports. The introduced new baggage policy that declined the free cabin baggage did not scare the passengers, however, noticeably corrected their travel habits. According to the updated airport carriers’ rules, only a small bag or a rucksack may be taken on-board free of charge and in order to have a bigger suitcase, a priority service must be acquired which price starts from EUR 5. Thus, a significant share of passengers opts for the checked baggage. 

No other great changes or delays of passenger and baggage registration have been caused by the new baggage policy at Lithuanian Airports. Irrespective of this, passengers are always encouraged to comply with the so-called airport golden rule – to arrive at least 2 hours before a flight. This will enable to avoid any unforeseen problems and go through the compulsory airport security screening without a hurry and wait for one’s flight comfortably. 

About Lithuanian Airports 
The Lithuanian airport network includes three airports in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga. During 2018, they serviced 6.3 million passengers and 61 thousand flights. During the winter season, 15 airlines organize direct flights in 66 regular directions to 57 cities in 27 countries. Based on data of the Airports Council International (ACI Europe), Lithuanian Airports contribute to the Lithuania’s GDP by 2.5 percent.

For more information please contact
Marius Zelenius
Lithuanian Airports
Head of Communications 
+370 613 03633

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