Palanga International Airport
Palangos oro uostas
|IATA: PLQ – ICAO: EYPA
|Elevation AMSL||10 m / 33 ft|
|Number of Passengers||128,169|
Runway 01/19 as seen from the South end. LIH (high intensity) runway lighting installed in autumn 2007.
Palanga International Airport (IATA: PLQ, ICAO: EYPA) is an international airport located in the western part of Lithuania near the Baltic Sea. The airport focuses on servicing short and mid-range routes. The facility expansion completed in 2007 has made long-range route servicing a possibility. Since 1993, the number of passengers passing through the airport has been increasing annually. After Lithuania became a member of EU, passengers in 2004 increased more than 60% in comparison with that of 2003.
As of 2011[update], Palanga's airport is the third largest in Lithuania after Vilnius International Airport and Kaunas International Airport in terms of passenger traffic. Over two hundred people are employed by the airport facilities.
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Palanga Airport started operations in 1937 at a site 7 kilometers East of the current terminal, near the Palanga-Darbenai road. The Lithuanian Air Force pilots were trained there. In 1939, the first scheduled airline service in Lithuania began operating on Kaunas - Palanga route.
From 1940–1941, and again in 1945–1963, the airport was used by the Air Force of the Soviet Union. The new air strip and facilities at the current site first appeared during the post-World War II period. In 1963, the airport was converted to a civilian airport. In 1991, Palanga Airport was re-registered as a national airport owned and run by the state.
Between 1994 and 1997, the passenger terminal was renovated. Passenger services and luggage handling was modernized to comply with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Between 1994–1995, the flight control center was refurbished. In 1996–1997 the runway surface, and in 1998 the airport apron and taxiways were renovated. Since 1997, the airport joined the major international aviation organization ACI (Airports Council International).
Infrastructure improvements continued in 2007 with the construction of North terminal to expand the terminals' area by 2000 m2 as well as to comply with Schengen border crossing regimen. In June–October 2007 the runway 01/19 was expanded to 2280x45 meters along with installation of LIH (high intensity) lighting and embedding the runway centerline lights.
Two adjacent terminals connected by short walkways and a transit area serve the airport. South terminal was built in the seventies and modernized in the late nineties. It has been serving as check-in area for all flights. The South terminal also houses airline offices and cafe/bar facilities. The new North terminal opened on October 26, 2007. 2000 m2 (21520 sq. ft.) of space augment airport capabilities to serve arrivals and departures from and to non-Schengen zone countries. Because of one-level terminal buildings layout where both departures and arrivals are handled on the ground floor level, there are no jet bridges at the airport. Passengers are transported to and from the aircraft by specialized shuttles.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Small Planet Airlines
|Seasonal: Dublin (begins 20 December 2013), London-Gatwick (begins 20 December 2013)|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Oslo-Gardermoen|
Busiest airports by passenger traffic in the Baltic States
Public transport access
- Motorway A13 connects with Southern Palanga (7 km) and Klaipėda (32 km)
- A public bus links the airport with Palanga coach bus station .
- Scandinavian Airlines passengers are serviced by shuttle bus operating between Klaipėda and the airport.
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- Official website of Palanga International Airport
- Airport information for EYPA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.