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Court rejects Ryanair, Wizz Air appeals against new Vilnius Airport charges

A Vilnius court has rejected appeals by Irish and Hungarian airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air against increased charges at Vilnius Airport in 2023, Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports, LTOU), the airport operator in Lithuania, said on Thursday.

On March 27, the Vilnius Chamber of the Regional Administrative Court rejected the airlines’ appeals as they sought to have the orders signed by the head of LTOU and the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration in 2022 annulled.

“The court’s decision to reject the appeals of Ryanair and Wizzair confirms that Lithuanian Airports, when setting the new charge rates, properly applied the legislation regulating the setting of charges and complied with all the procedural rules laid down in the legislation,” LTOU spokesman Marius Zelenius told BNS.

“The decision to change the charges from January 1, 2023 was dictated by the significant increase in costs in various areas over the last few years, and the above-mentioned charges for airlines at Vilnius Airport had not been changed since 2018,” he added.

A year ago, both airlines claimed that the decisions by LTOU and the LTSA were unjustified.

Back in February 2023, a court rejected the companies’ request to suspend the orders and to apply the charges in force before January 2023.

LTOU argued at the time that both Ryanair and Wizzair frequently complain about charges at airports in other countries.

Source: BNS

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