Vilnius Airport will gradually resume passenger services from May 13, with the first flights to be carried out to Riga and Frankfurt, Lithuanian Airports, a state enterprise which operates the country’s three international airports, said in a press release on Monday.

“We believe that now is the appropriate time to gradually ease travel restrictions, and we have established a clear strategy for which we are intensively preparing. Our strategy is based on the newest health safety recommendations, situation of the virus in every destination country, and plans established by the air carriers,” Aurimas Stikliunas, head of Aviation Services at Lithuanian Airports, was quoted as saying in the press release.

In this stage, Frankfurt is a very important destination and airport hub from which airlines offer many connecting flights, he added.

Flights from Vilnius to Frankfurt will be performed three times per week — on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Air carrier Lufthansa will perform these flights beginning from May 13. On the same day, airBaltic carrier will reinstate daily flights to Riga.

The authorities warned earlier that those who decide to travel will still be obliged to isolate themselves for two weeks after returning to Lithuania.

Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said at a press conference on Monday that quarantine is likely to be extended for another two weeks after May 11, with new easing measures to be introduced.

According to the Health Ministry, Lithuania had registered 1,419 confirmed COVID-19 cases by Monday morning. To date, 46 people have died and 638 have recovered.

The network of Lithuanian Airports comprises of three air gateways in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. In 2019 they all served 6.5 million passengers and 62,000 flights. Enditem

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