Ryanair, the world’s favourite airline, this week celebrates having passed 8 million passenger milestones on its flights to/from the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Since Ryanair’s first Baltic flight departed from Riga International Airport to Frankfurt Hahn in October 2004, Ryanair has opened three other airports in the Baltic countries.
In 2005 Ryanair started operations in Lithuania at Kaunas airport and made it its first Eastern European base in 2010. The last 8 months have seen a substantial growth in Ryanair’s operations in the Baltic countries when the airline established itself in Estonia and opened 10 routes to/from Tallinn in December 2010. In May 2011 Ryanair opened its second Lithuanian airport in Vilnius. Ryanair currently offers flights on 53 routes to/from the four Baltic airports. In 2011 Ryanair expects to carry a record number of some 2.5 million passengers to/from the three Baltic countries, supporting and sustaining 2,500 local jobs.