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Tallinn and Vilnius airports see no competition in Baltic airspace

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU“There is practically no competition among Baltic airports. Besides, we can barely compare Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius airports, because all of them have different aims and functions, Estonian and Lithuanian airports’ spokespersons told the news portal BNN, when commenting on the head of Riga airport Arnis Luhse’s statement that Riga has no competitors in the Baltics.

Erik Sakkov, board member of Tallinn Airport, believes that much depends on the territorial size and population of a particular city.

“The fact Airport Riga is, say, twice as big as its Tallinn and Vilnius counterparts does not mean it will also be of great importance to its locals,” he says.

According to Sakkov, one could distinguish some competition for business clients, who might care for the size of the city and the airport.

“Otherwise, it is all the mind,” he says, adding that Baltic people are no idiots guided only by a primitive principle of what is better. Sakkov points out relationship among all three neighbouring states are in fact very friendly.

In terms of airBaltic, he introduces to the official standpoint of Tallinn airport, “airBaltic is a very good client of ours. We are glad we have it. But it would not change anything for us if it no longer were here. Any way, we wish airBaltic all the best,” he says.

Sandra Siauliene, communications Manager of Vilnius Airport, is of similar opinion. “Vilnius and Riga airports differ very much in their characteristics. They are not competing for transit passengers. It is Riga airport, which is dealing with them,” she says.

Siauliene adds that Riga airport is more like a hub, not a destination.

According to her, all the airports are competing for passengers who can choose where to start their trip. “Vilnius airport traffic flow will grow 30% this year and we are set to maintain the growth rate also in 2012 and 2013.”

Siauliene attributes great attention to the fact that it is exactly fair competition in the airport that is necessary to boost traffic flow. “17 airlines are regularly flying from Vilnius airport and none of them owns more than 20% of the total passenger turnover.”

She also points out that Vilnius and Riga airports can barely be compared, because there is only one passenger airport in Latvia, while Lithuania has all three of them.

“Our estimates show that more passengers fly from Lithuanian airports than Riga,” she says.


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