"Just as we expected, Ryanair will resume many flights at Kaunas Airport in spring. Tickets to flights to nine destinations, starting from the end of March, have already been put on sale. The final schedule will be known somewhat later," the minister wrote.
Martynas Cerkauskas, the minister's advisor, told BNS that he thinks that Ryanair's decision to offer more flights from Kaunas is due to a seasonal increase in passenger numbers in summer.
"Passenger traffic is always bigger in summer than in winter. Seasonality has a great impact. Both Lithuanians fly more often in summer and more people fly to Lithuania," he said.
Ryanair currently operates flights from Kaunas Airport to Bristol, Dublin, Frankfurt, and London Standsted. Next spring, the airline plans to resume flights from Lithuania's second-biggest city to London Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Palma, Malta, and Alicante.
The Irish carrier, which entered the Lithuanian market in September 2005, has recently moved its Brussels, Leeds, Liverpool, Luton, Cork, and Oslo flights from Kaunas to Vilnius after the capital's airport offered discounts and due to competition with another low-fare airline, Hungary's Wizz Air.