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Vilnius Airport signs deal for slot coordination

Expecting a 24% rise in passengers this year, the airport has signed a deal with Airport Coordination UK.

Vilnius International Airport has signed a contract with the UK-based company Airport Coordination Limited for schedules facilitation following a competitive tender.

The contract commences for flights from the end of March 2019, coinciding with the start of the summer schedules.

VNO instigated a move towards slot allocation as it “swiftly” moves to becoming an IATA Level 2 airport. It handled 3.8 million passengers last year, 3.3 million of them travelling on scheduled routes.

The airport has already seen a 17% traffic increase during the first half of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, and is on course to carry 4.7 million passengers by the end of the year, which would be equivalent to a 24% rise.

Airport Coordination calls itself “the world’s first independent slot coordinator” and supports 39 airports worldwide, including 24 in the UK and others in Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Luxembourg and Canada.

Airport Coordination will “help us with our primary aim, which is to manage flight peaks and maximise the infrastructure of the airport, enabling us to deliver the best service for our passengers,” explained Dainius Ciuplys, managing director of Vilnius Airport.

“ACL will help us to negotiate with airlines on take-off and landing slots to achieve the best result.”

Leading airlines
This summer the airport is supporting 60 scheduled routes, the majority of them year-round, with passenger growth led by low-cost carriers Ryanair, Wizz Air and legacy airlines LOT, airBaltic, Finnair and Turkish Airlines, among others.

This winter it welcomes additional scheduled services to Amman, Marrakech and Treviso.

“Vilnius Airport is introducing slot allocation at a time when existing airlines are add frequencies,” said Mike Robinson Airport Coordination’s managing director. “The Baltics is a strong region for air traffic experiencing popularity for both tourism and business.”

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