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Covid-19: 60 non-flying planes find refuge at Lithuanian airports

BC, Vilnius, 01.04.2020.Print version
As many countries across the world have closed their borders and suspended flights, air companies have started looking for places to leave their planes safely. There are now 60 such planes at Lithuanian airports, mainly in Vilnius. informed LETA/BNS.

Also, some airlines have chosen Siauliai Airport, northern Lithuania, where passenger planes usually don’t land and where there's a military airport nearby.

There are 47 planes belonging to Ryanair, Wizzair, Eurowings, GetJet, Avion Express, Danish Air Transport and several other companies at Vilnius and Kaunas Airports, and 13 World Star Aviation and GetJet Airlines planes are stationed in Siauliai.

Vilnius Airport has 35 parking lots for various planes, and there 24 such lots in Kaunas and five in Palanga, and companies can leave their planes their during quarantine time.

"We are currently experiencing the need for parking spaces, therefore, 29 planes are being kept at the capital's airport, and there's still place or up to 12 planes, depending on their size. There are 18 planes at Kaunas Airport and they can receive another up to 15 planes. There are no planes at Palanga Airport at the moment," Marius Zelenius, head of communication at Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the airport operator in Lithuania, told LETA/BNS.

Aurelija Kuezada, head of the loss-making Siauliai Airport, told  Aviatic MRO has attracted planes to Siauliai as the company plans to build Europe's largest technical maintenance and repair center for airplanes.

Arturas Liudkevicius, head of Aviatic MRO, says World Star Aviation is currently keeping its fourt planes in Siauliai, and GetJet Airlines has nine.

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