Lithuanian Airline Air Lituanica Shuts Down
Air Lituanica, a Lithuanian carrier, ceased operations as of midday Friday. Its final flights were from Vilnius to Amsterdam, Paris, and Tallinn. The airline’s afternoon flights to Berlin, Brussels, Prague, and Stockholm were cancelled.
The airline was established in May 2013, and its first flight was timed in part to align with the six-month period during which Lithuania would assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union, which ran from July 1, 2013 through December 31.
As a result, Air Lituanica’s first destination was Brussels, Belgium, and it began operations on June 30, 2013.
The airline’s fleet included an Embraer E-175, an Embraer E-145 and an ATR 42.
AirBaltic said it will launch new flights from Vilnius starting in September to fill the void, and Estonian Air said it plans to nearly double the number of flights linking Tallinn with Vilnius starting Monday.
The Latvian flag carrier plans to honor Air Lituanica tickets in the coming week and will offer the defunct airline’s passengers “rescue fares” for flights after that period.
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