Last year, Ryanair accounted for 43 percent of Lithuania’s passengers on regular flights, up 8 percentage points from 2010, the regulator said. Latvia’s Airbaltic ranked second with 11 percent (down 5 points) and was followed by Hungary’s Wizzair with 9 percent.
“Hungary’s air carrier Wizzair occupied the niche, which emerged after the suspension of operations by Star1 Airlines in October 2010,” CAA said in a report.
Scandinavia’s SAS held 7 percent of Lithuania’s flight market last year and Germany’s Lufthansa had a 6 percent slice.
As estimated by the CAA, the regular flights market share held by Lithuania’s carrier Small Planet Airlines plunged to 0.01 percent, from 9 percent.
Other competitors on Lithuania’s regular flights market also included Finland’s Finnair, Czech Airlines, Estonian Air, Poland’s LOT, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Russia’s uTair Aviation, AeroSvit Airlines, Ireland’s Aerlingus, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Sweden’s Skyways Express and Lithuania’s regular flights market newcomers, Russia’s Transaero, Russline and IrAero.