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Vilnius Intl Airport

Vilnius International Airport
Tarptautinis Vilniaus oro uostas
Airport type Public
Owner Lithuanian government
Operator Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania
Location Vilnius
Hub for
  • AirBaltic
  • Estonian Air
  • Small Planet Airlines
Elevation AMSL 646 ft / 197 m
Coordinates 54°38′13″N 025°17′16″E / 54.63694°N 25.28778°E / 54.63694; 25.28778 (Vilnius International Airport)Coordinates: 54°38′13″N 025°17′16″E / 54.63694°N 25.28778°E / 54.63694; 25.28778 (Vilnius International Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,515 8,250 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Number of Passengers 2,048,439
Aircraft movements 37,839
Source: Lithuanian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Vilnius International Airport (IATA: VNO, ICAO: EYVI) (Lithuanian: Tarptautinis Vilniaus oro uostas) is the largest civil airport in Lithuania. It is located 5.9 km (3.7 mi) south of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. It began operations in 1944. The old terminal was built in 1954.


Vilnius International Airport is a state owned enterprise, established by the Lithuanian Ministry of Transportation in 1991, and the largest of the four major airports in Lithuania by passenger traffic.

The first terminal of Vilnius Airport was built in the present territory of the airport in 1932, however, it has not survived until nowadays. Aircraft from that terminal were flying on Warsaw-Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn route. During the WWII, the airport was used as a military airfield. It resumed its activity as a civil airport as of 17 July 1944.

Lithuanian Airlines (branded later as flyLAL) was established as the Lithuanian flag carrier following independence in 1991 and inherited the Vilnius-based Aeroflot fleet of Tupolev Tu-134, Yakovlev Yak-40, Yak-42 and Antonov An-24, An-26 aircraft, but rapidly replaced these Soviet-era aircraft types with modern Boeing 737 and Boeing 757 jets and Saab 340, Saab 2000 turboprops. Operations were suspended effective 17 January 2009 as a result of growing financial difficulties. With the collapse of flyLAL, the airport lost its scheduled services to Amsterdam, Budapest, Istanbul, Madrid and Tbilisi. flyLAL used to operate to Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Milan and Paris in competition with Aer Lingus, airBaltic or Lufthansa.

airBaltic, the national airline of Latvia and under SAS part-ownership, opened up a second base at Vilnius in 2004 to complement its Riga operation and became the largest carrier at Vilnius, using Boeing 737 jets and Fokker F50 turboprops. At one point, airBaltic operated to 19 destinations from Vilnius but, in 2009, the network covered only three destinations served by two aircraft based at Vilnius.

Another carrier with a base at the airport is Aurela Airlines with a fleet of two Boeing 737 and two Boeing 757 jets, specialising in business charter operations and holiday charter flights to African, Asian, and European resort destinations. Vilnius International Airport is main HUB for Aurela, FlyLAL Charters, and Aviavilsa and Secondary HUB for airBaltic and Estonian Air . It used to be a main HUB for Star1 Airlines until their end of operations in September 2010.

Terminal, airlines and destinations

The airport is notable for its 1950s arrivals terminal building. It is a standard Soviet airport terminal design, originally intended for an airport with up to 20 aircraft movements per day. On the outside, it is decorated with sculptures of soldiers, workers and aviators, while inside walls and ceilings feature wreaths, bay leaves and stars, and until recently, the Soviet hammer and sickle, typical decor for Soviet public buildings of early post-war years.

During the post-war period, in 1945, the construction of the airport building was commenced and started in 1949. The construction was completed on 4 October 1954. On 22 October, the first airport passenger was checked-in for Moscow flight. The building housed the airport authority and other airport services, and was also used for passenger service. Since 1993, the building has been used as the arrival terminal only. The building is included into the Register of Immovable Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Lithuania.

In November 2007, the new 17,000 m (180,000 sq ft) terminal building was opened for operations which improved the capacity and facilities of the airport and complies with the requirements of the Schengen agreement. The passenger throughput of the terminal increased, passenger service quality was improved and more stringent aviation security measures were implemented. The new area of the renovated passenger terminal now reaches 37,462 m (403,240 sq ft). It is equipped with 6 passenger boarding bridges, modern passenger check-in equipment, travel value & duty free shops were opened as well as business lounge and VIP Lounge.

Renovated passenger terminal
Renovated passenger terminal
Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aerosvit Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
airBaltic Copenhagen, Dublin [seasonal], London-Gatwick [seasonal], Munich [restarts 25 December], Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riga, Rome-Fiumicino, Tallinn
Lithuanian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Czech Airlines Prague
Estonian Air Amsterdam, Milan-Malpensa [begins 18 December], Stockholm-Arlanda [begins 30 October], Tallinn
Finnair Helsinki
LOT Polish Airlines operated by EuroLOT Warsaw
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Small Planet Airlines Rhodes [seasonal], Heraklion [seasonal], Varna [seasonal], Barcelona [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca [seasonal]
Sun d'Or International Airlines Tel Aviv [seasonal]
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo

Charter flights

  • Air Malta
  • Aurela
  • Aviavilsa (cargo)
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Nouvelair
  • Small Planet Airlines
  • SmartLynx Airlines


Baltic's busiest airports by passenger traffic

Rank City Airport Passengers (2009)
1.  Latvia Riga Riga International Airport 4,066,793
3.  Estonia Tallinn Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport 1,346,236
2.  Lithuania Vilnius Vilnius International Airport 1,310,000
4.  Lithuania Kaunas Kaunas International Airport 456,698
5.  Lithuania Palanga Palanga International Airport 104,600
6.  Estonia Tartu Tartu Airport 9,707

Incidents and Accidents

SAS Dash-8-400 after crash-landing in Vilnius airport
SAS Dash-8-400 after crash-landing in Vilnius airport
  • Scandinavian Airlines Flight 2748, a de Havilland Canada Dash-8-400 (LN-RDS) with 48 passengers and 4 crew members, took off from Copenhagen Airport on 12 September 2007. It was headed to Palanga, Lithuania, but was diverted to Vilnius Airport (better suited for an emergency landing) when landing gear problems were discovered before landing. Upon touchdown, the right landing gear collapsed. All passengers and crew were evacuated safely. The local officials at the Vilnius International Airport noted that this was the most serious incident in recent years. This accident, along with the Aalborg accident just days earlier, caused all SAS Dash 8-400 planes to be grounded until the beginning of October.

Ground Transportation


Direct train services between Vilnius Airport Railway Station and the central station of Vilnius were started in October 2008.
Distance from the Airport to the Central Railway Station is 4.3 km, the journey takes 7 minutes. This is the fastest way to reach the Airport from the city center. Trains run daily from 06:25 AM up to 19:32 PM. The interval between flights at peak time from 35 min. and 1 hour 15 min. at off-peak time. One-way price - 2.50 Lt (0,73 Euro).


Buses connect the airport with Vilnius Central Station, Vilnius city centre and Šeškinė (the north of the city).

  • Bus no.1 Destination: Airport - Central Station
  • Bus no.1A Destination: Bus Stop "Rodūnios kelias" - Central Station
  • Bus no.2 Destination: Airport - Bus Stop "Lukiškių aikštė" (City center) - "Šeškinė"


Useful Information

  • Transport routes/timetables between the Airport and the City Center
  • Train schedule between the Airport and Railway Station
  • Vilnius Airport railway station

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General Info
Country Lithuania
Time UTC+2(+3DT)
Latitude 54.634133
54° 38' 02.88" N
Longitude 25.285767
025° 17' 08.76" E
Elevation 646 feet
197 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 006° E (01/06)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

Opr H24.
Opr H24.
Opr H24.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 8251 x 164 feet
2515 x 50 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME VNO VILNIUS 085X 113.8 At Field -
NDB AVN VILNIUS - 385 3.1 NM 201.9

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTION Bird haz.
FUEL Avbl H24 (NC-100LL, A1)
LGT PAPI on both sides of rwy. PAPI Rwy 02 GS 2.67 .
MISC Ldg fees.
OPR HOURS Opr 0400-2100Z++, OT O/R fone C370 5 232 9323, fax-9122.
RSTD For non-sched (charter) flt A/D avbl by arng only. Ctc gnd handling svc fone C370 5 232 93 24, C370 5 273 93 22, mobile C370 612 90 122.

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