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Representatives of the Lithuanian tourism business lack information about airlines' plans to fly passengers during the summer reconstruction of the Vilnius airport, which is expected to pull down the number of travelers in Lithuania by 40 percent and lead to higher prices of trips.
At the Vilnius Airport
At the Vilnius Airport
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

"Our forecast is that number of passengers will decline by at least 40 percent when the airport is closed, as compared with last year. This means that 40 percent of seats will not be moved to the Kaunas airport," Žydrė Gavelienė, president of the National Tourism Business Association, told a news conference on Thursday.

The possibility is not ruled out that the runway reconstruction in Vilnius may last more than 35 days in July and August, and the uncertainty about the airport's operations may put off people from traveling to the Lithuanian capital for most of the summer.

Gaveliene expressed certitude that this would benefit airports of the largest neighboring states.

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