Introduction of Kaunas International Airport
Kaunas International Airport (IATA code: KUN, ICAO code: EYKA), also known as Kaunas Fluxus Airport, is the second-busiest civil airport in Lithuania after Vilnius Airport and the fourth-busiest in the Baltic states. It is located in the central part of the country, 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) northeast of the Kaunas city centre and 100 kilometers west from the capital Vilnius.
In 2010, Kaunas Airport became the first airline's base in Eastern Europe and this resulted a more-than-doubled-route network expansion at the airport. The airport reported 77% growth in passenger traffic that year and also won the EURO ANNIES 2011 prize awarded by a weekly aviation e-journal anna.aero as being the fastest-growing airport in Europe in the category of under one million passengers.
The passenger traffic changes in late 2011 and early 2012 at Kaunas Airport are associated with the rivalry between Ryanair and Wizzair. As a response to the Wizzair's new base established at Vilnius Airport in Spring 2011, the Irish low-cost carrier moved Girona and Milan Bergamo routes from Kaunas to Vilnius in late 2011.
In 2019, the airport handled a total of 1,160,591, representing an increase of 14.8%, and 3,196t of cargo, which featured an increase of 37.2%, with 9,888 aircraft movements.