Vilnius Airport, Lithuania's largest international airport that was built 85 years ago, will be closed for 35 days on Thursday night for runway reconstruction work, with most airlines diverting part of their flights to Kaunas Airport, some 100 kilometers away from the capital.
The Vilnius Air Port, a view from 6 km
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

Indrė Baltrušaitienė, spokeswoman for Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the operator of the country's three major international airports, told BNS that the last landing in Vilnius would be at 8:55 p.m. and the last takeoff would be at 9:20 p.m.

Wizz Air will be the first airline to start flights from Kaunas, she said.

According to preliminary estimates, a total of 3,100 flights and 300,000 passengers will be temporarily relocated from Vilnius to Kaunas. The smaller airport will also service 460 "own" flights and 75,000 passengers during that period.

Vilnius Airport is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 18.

Ireland's budget carrier Ryanair is the only airline that has not moved its flights to Kaunas. Other carriers have not relocated some of their flights and will wait for air traffic in Vilnius to resume.

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