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As a large part of the world suspended air traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CEO of the Lithuanian operator of the country's three airports says the key thing now is to revive aviation and accessibility to stabilize activity. He also mentioned that the company is negotiating financial assistance with the Transport Ministry.
Airports want to resume some flights
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Flights to key hubs of Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Warsaw would be resumed initially, Marius Gelzinis says.

"First of all, it would be important for the country itself to revive accessibility, and we would focus on the key hubs. These would probably be Frankfurt, Copenhagen and probably Warsaw. Later on, the second step would be to resume those flights for our people working abroad to be able to travel and return to their places of their employment," he told BNS on Friday.

The airport operator estimates that flight resumption might start in the middle of May if the government decides to lift the existing restrictions on passenger flights.

There are also ongoing negotiations with the Transport Ministry of assistance to stabilize the operation of Lithuania's airports, Gelzinis said, without providing any details on the amounts needed but adding that money flows should be stabilized and the aviation sector revived.

Later speaking with BNS, Transport Vice Minister Vladislav Kondratovic confirmed that an action plan is being drafted, adding that a review of not only airport's activity but that of the whole transport sector is under review.

Lithuania's three airports served 1.104 million passengers in the first three months of this year, down 16.4 percent from the same period last year. In March allow, passengers flows slumped 56 percent to 202,000. The number of flights at all three airports dropped 7.8 percent to 12,300 in the first quarter.

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