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Lithuania's airports celebrate 100 years of operations with jazz concerts

Vilnius Airport and the regional gateways of Kaunas and Palanga have marked the 100th birthday of Lithuania’s airports with jazz concerts.

Operator, Lithuania Airports, believes that the events – which attracted the nation’s famous jazz percussionist, Arkady Gotesman – helped recreate the “drive and energy characteristic of the first aviation enthusiasts”.

“Jazz was not a random choice because jazz masters are somewhat similar to aviators as neither flying an aircraft or music is possible without professional training, improvisation, talent and experience,” says Lithuania Airports’ head of communications and marketing, IndrėBaltrušaitienė.

“The jazz and visualisations at each airport were different and influenced by the space and audiences, which included passengers waiting for flights.”

Baltrušaitienė notes that this summer also marked the first birthday of the merger of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports under the umbrella of Lithuania Airports.

This year was also special for Lithuanian aviation as it was exactly 105 years ago that the first flight took place over capital, Vilnius, prompting the decision to create an airport to accommodate the new flying machines!

Vilnius Airport recently unveiled plans for a new concessions programme and will start construction of a new runway in 2017.

Between them Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports handled 3.8 million passengers in 2014 and, according to ACI Europe, created 2.5% of the country’s GDP in 2013.

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