The aviation guidelines were approved after public consultations and deliberations within government,
Commission for the Future and Commission for the Economy of the Seimas.
“The Lithuanian Aviation Guidelines 2030 set clear priorities and strategic directions, which will significantly improve the country’s accessibility through direct flights, the expansion of air services and effective planning of works and investments during the next decade. The guidelines provide for the implementation of future technologies and green transportation goals, as well as the goal of increasing the contribution of the aviation sector to the country’s economy and creating more well-paying jobs. said Transport and Communications Minister Skuodis.
According to the minister, the aviation guidelines will allow a coherent adoption of the most important decisions in the field of air transport, bringing together all the institutions and companies operating in this field and encouraging their cooperation.
The aviation guidelines foresee the goal of making Lithuania accessible by direct flights in at least 150 directions by 2030 (in 2021 there were 94). It is planned to create and implement a new model of air transport promotion, in order to increase the visibility of Lithuania as an attractive tourist and business destination in a coordinated manner. In the International Air Transport Association (IATA) global accessibility ranking, the country is expected to climb to 85th place – at least 10 positions compared to 2019.
The aviation sector generates high added value; therefore, the goal is to increase its return to the state over the next decade, to around 3% to 5% of the country’s GDP by 2030. To this end, it is planned to expand further the infrastructure of Vilnius and Kaunas airports, to connect via the Rail Baltica railway line, to develop aircraft repair and maintenance services and to increase the flow of air cargo. New opportunities will also be offered to Lithuanian carriers by opening the US market in 2023 and improving the legal environment for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft technology.
In line with the Green Deal objectives, the environmental impact of aviation will be reduced at Lithuanian airports by reducing aircraft noise and emissions. An increased use of hybrid and electric vehicles in airport areas is envisaged, as well as the adaptation of infrastructures to electric or hydrogen and hybrid aircraft.
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