The Irish carrier, which entered the Lithuanian market in September 2005 and until recently operated most of its routes from Kaunas, has moved its Brussels, Leeds, Liverpool, Luton, Cork, and Oslo flights to Vilnius after the airport offered discounts and due to competition with another low-fare airline, Hungary's Wizz Air.
Ryanair is also planning to launch a route between Vilnius and the German city of Dusseldorf in the middle of next March. It will continue to operate flights from Kaunas Airport to Bristol, Dublin, Frankfurt, and London.
According to the media, the relocation of Ryanair's routes to Vilnius may cause financial difficulties to Kaunas Airport and deliver a blow to the country's second-biggest city.
Kaunas Airport became the fastest growing airport in Europe in 2010 after the Irish carrier established its first Central and Eastern European base in Kaunas.