Statistics on traffic of aircraft, passengers and freight at the airport


  1. Contact
  2. Metadata update
  3. Statistical presentation
  4. Measurement unit(s)

  5. Reference period
  6. Institutional mandate
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Release policy
  9. Frequency of dissemination
  10. Accessibility and clarity
  11. Methodological documentation

  12. Quality management
  13. Relevance
  14. Accuracy and reliability
  15. Timeliness and punctuality
  16. Coherence and comparability
  17. Coherence
  18. Response burden

  19. Data revision

  20. Statistical processing
  21. Comments and other information

1 Contact
1.1 Contact organisation

Statistics Lithuania

1.2 Contact organisation unit

Transport and Tourism Statistics Division

1.3 Contact name

Dovilė Razbadauskienė

1.4 Contact person function

Chief Specialist

1.5 Contact mail address

29 Gedimino Ave., LT-01500 Vilnius, Lithuania

1.6 Contact email address

1.7 Contact phone number

+370 5 236 4676

1.8 Contact fax number

+370 5 236 4669

2 Metadata update
2.1 Metadata last certified


2.2 Metadata last posted 2020-03-20
2.3 Metadata last update 2020-03-17
3 Statistical presentation

Description of statistical information (main characteristics, purpose)

The objective of the statistical data on aircraft, passengers and freight at the airport is to provide the information on the flows of aircraft, passengers and freight and mail at the airports. Statistical information on passenger arrivals and departures by type of carriage, by country; freight and mail carried by type of carriage, by country, aircraft movements is prepared on country level.


Classifications(s), classification system

Nomenclature of countries and territories

3.3 Sector coverage

International airports

3.4 Statistical concepts and definitions

Arriving passengers are those passengers whose air journey terminates at the reporting airport, or those passengers who will continue their air journey (direct transit passengers excluded).

Departing passengers are those passengers whose air journey begins at the reporting airport and ends at a local or foreign airport, or those passengers to whom the reporting airport is a transit one and they continue their air journey (direct transit passengers are excluded).

Direct transit passengers are passengers who continue their journey on a flight having the same number as the flight on which they arrived. Passengers in direct transit are counted only once.

Freight and mail loaded and unloaded means all the freight and mail loaded and unloaded from the aircraft including express and diplomatic postal items, but excluding passenger baggage and direct transit freight and mail.

Flight means the operation of an aircraft for one or several flight stages when the flight number does not change.

3.5 Statistical unit

A civil aviation aircraft; all the aircraft landing and taking off at the airports of the country are taken into account.

3.6 Statistical population

International airports

3.7 Reference area

The whole country

3.8 Time coverage

Since 2000

3.9 Base period


Measurement unit(s)

passengers – thousand passengers;

freight and mail loaded and unloaded – tonne;

aircraft landings and take-offs – number.

5 Reference period


6 Institutional mandate
6.1 Legal acts and other agreements

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1358/2003 of 31 July 2003 implementing Regulation (EC) No 437/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air and amending Annexes I and II thereto (OJ 2003 Special Edition, Chapter 7, Volume 7, p. 355) as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 158/2007 of 16 February 2007 (OJ 2007 L 49, p. 9);

Regulation (EC) No 437/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 February 2003 on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air (OJ 2003 Special Edition, Chapter 7, Volume 7, p. 223).


Data sharing and exchange

7 Confidentiality

Confidentiality policy

In the process of statistical data collection, processing and analysis and dissemination of statistical information, Statistics Lithuania fully guarantees the confidentiality of the data submitted by respondents (households, enterprises, institutions, organisations and other statistical units), as defined in the Confidentiality Policy Guidelines of Statistics Lithuania.

7.2 Confidentiality - data treatment

Description of Statistical Disclosure Control Methods, approved by Order No DĮ-124 of 27 May 2008 of the Director General of Statistics Lithuania.

Integrated Statistical Information System Data Security Regulations and Rules for the Secure Management of Electronic Information in the Integrated Statistical Information System, approved by Order No DĮ-42 of 20 February 2015 of the Director General of Statistics Lithuania (only in Lithuanian).

8 Release policy
8.1 Release calendar

 Statistical information is published on the Official Statistics Portal according to the Official Statistics Calendar


Link to the release calendar

Official Statistics Calendar


Release procedure

Statistical information is published following the Official Statistics Dissemination Policy Guidelines and Statistical Information Preparation and Dissemination Rules.

9 Frequency of dissemination

Yearly, Quaterly, Monthly.

10 Accessibility and clarity
10.1 News release



Statistical Yearbook of Lithuania.



Database of Indicators (Transport and Communications –> Air transport indicators –> Airport indicators)


Access to micro data

Microdata are available and provided for scientific purposes according to the provisions set in the Description of Procedures for the Provision of Confidential Statistical Data for Scientific Purposes. More information is available on the Official Statistics Portal, at Data for scientific purposes.

Public data files: users are also provided with opportunity to access public files with statistical data on observation units. More information is available on the Official Statistics Portal, at Public data files.

10.5 Other

Eurostat‘s database


Methodological documentation

Air transport

12 Quality management
12.1 Quality assurance

The quality of statistical information and its production process is ensured by the provisions of the European Statistics Code of Practice and ESS Quality Assurance Framework

In 2007, a quality management system, conforming to the requirements of the international quality management system standard ISO 9001, was introduced at Statistics Lithuania. The main trends in activity of Statistics Lithuania aimed at quality management and continuous development in the institution are established in the Quality Policy. Monitoring of the quality indicators of statistical processes and their results and self-evaluation of statistical survey managers is regularly carried out in order to identify the areas which need improvement and to promptly eliminate the shortcomings.

12.2 Quality assessment

Data quality is in line with the accuracy, timeliness and punctuality, comparability and compatibility requirements. Before presenting survey results to users, the quality of the information obtained is analysed. Additional statistical quality checks are performed. The aggregated results are compared with the results of the previous period and the same period of the past year. Tendencies of aircraft, freight and passenger traffic at the airports in time series are analysed. When quality issues are encountered, the data providers are contacted and asked to investigate the problems. The data provider corrects statistical data and, if needed, sends back the corrections or new revised datasets.

13 Relevance
13.1 User needs

The main users of statistical information are State and municipal authorities and agencies, international organisations, the media, research and business communities, students, whose needs are satisfied without a breach of the confidentiality principle.

13.2 User satisfaction

From 2005, user opinion surveys have been conducted on a regular basis. Official Statistics Portal traffic is monitored, website visitor opinion polls, general opinion poll on the products and services of Statistics Lithuania, target user group opinion polls and other surveys are conducted. In 2007, the compilation of a user satisfaction index was launched. The said surveys are aimed at the assessment of the overall demand for and necessity of statistical information in general and specific statistical indicators in particular.

More information on user surveys and their results is available in section User surveys on the Statistics Lithuania website.


Completeness of statistical information

All indicators established by legislation and their components are published.


Data completeness - rate

100 per cent of information produced in accordance with the Official Statistics programme Part I is published.

14 Accuracy and reliability
14.1 Overall accuracy

Exhaustive (census) survey.


Sampling error



Non-sampling error



Non-response error


Unit non-response rate


Item non-response rate


15 Timeliness and punctuality


Monthly statistical information is published on the 21st day after the end of the reference month, quarterly – on the 52nd calendar day after the end of the reference quarter, annual –in the 7th month after the end of reference year.



Statistical information is published in accordance with an Official Statistics Calendar. In case of delay, users are notified in advance by indicating the reason and a new date of publication.


Percentage of statistical information released on time

100 per cent

16 Coherence and comparability

Geographical comparability

No differences between national and European concepts.


Comparability over time

Full comparability over time is ensured.


Length of comparable time series

Since 2000.

17 Coherence

Cross-domain coherence



Internal coherence

Monthly, quarterly and annual statistics are internally coherent.


Response burden

The administrative data is used.


Data revision


Revision policy

The revision policy of Statistics Lithuania is provided in the document General Principles behind the Performance, Analysis and Announcement of Revisions of Statistical Indicators.


Revision practice

The results published are final and not revised later. Exception – after the detection of significant errors.


Average of the change obtained during the revision


20 Statistical processing

Statistical data source

Statistical data are formed and received from the administrative sources from information systems at the airports.


Periodicity of statistical data collection



Statistical data collection

Statistical data are collected by e-mail in *.dbf format files, using statistical questionnaire on the traffic of aircraft, passengers and freight at the airports (TOU-01).


Statistical data validation

A special program is used for statistical data entry, which searches for errors at the time of entry. The requirements for the validation of statistical data are provided in the technical task of the programming work for the statistical survey. Data validation takes place at the time when data is integrated into the statistical database. The formats, the codes and missing values of statistical data are checked. When uncorrectable errors or missing values are detected, the respondents are contacted. To ensure the quality of the statistical data, additional checks of the primary database are performed. The completeness and reliability of integrated data is checked, the relation between indicators is analysed.

20.5 Data compilation

After the checking of statistical data, they are aggregated to the required level of detail. More detailed description of the survey is described in air transport methodology (only in Lithuanian).

20.6 Adjustment



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