Germany is a priority destination when expanding flights from Lithuania, Transport Minister Marius Skuodis said on Thursday, adding that Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports, LTOU) is holding talks on this with airlines.
“Germany is currently the focus in negotiations between airports and airlines. Since the airports have all the necessary tools today, I do have high expectations for the outcome,” he told the Ziniu Radijas radio station.
The aim is to attract flights to Germany’s strategic transport hubs, including Hamburg and Dusseldorf, and more frequent flights to Berlin, according to Skuodis.
“Our focus is definitely on some of Germany’s strategic hubs,” the minister said.
“We have a connection to Munich and its frequency will only increase in the future,” he said. “We would like to have flights to Hamburg (…) and Dusseldorf, and of course, we also need a higher frequency to Berlin.”
Germany is leading NATO’s multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania and is planning to deploy a combat brigade in the country in the coming years.
In late October, the Transport Ministry, the Economy and Innovation Ministry, and Vilnius City Municipality signed a tripartite agreement on a list of routes important for business and inbound tourism and on measures to promote flights to and from the capital.
The agreement calls for allocating around 10 million euros for the purpose in 2024.
It lists 27 priority destinations, 23 of which are from Vilnius. These include New York, Brussels, Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow and others.
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