The total number of flights in Lithuania's air space in the first half of this year was fairly the same as it was a year ago, Lithuania's state-run company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation) said on Friday.
"Oro navigacija"
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The number of flights serviced stood at 126,300, from 126,400 a year ago.

"The figures for the first half of this year are very similar to those a year ago, and the airspace capacity is ensured. (…) The first half of 2018 was marked by a record 11 percent increase, which encouraged us to take action to increase the air space capacity, including the introduction of an additional flight control sector. The highest number of flights – 918 – we had to service on June 22," Mindaugas Gustys, managing director at Oro Navigacija, says.

The top-five of the Lithuanian airspace's users remains unchanged and includes Latvia's Air Baltic, Finland's Finnair, Russia's Aeroflot, Germany's Lufthansa and Ireland's Ryanair.

Both the structure of flight flow and their number remained stabled during the period as overflights accounted to 25 percent of the total, standing at 32,400, and transit flights made 75 percent, standing at 95,000.

In the first half of this year, transit flights mainly involved flights between the Russian capital and other cities in the country or between Moscow and major airports in Western Europe.

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