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Within the first half of this year, Lithuanian Railways (AB "Lietuvos geležinkeliai") transported 5 per cent more passengers and 4.6 per cent more freight as compared to the same period last year. According to preliminary data, Company's income increased by 3.1 per cent.

Almost 2.2 m passengers and 24.45 m tons of freight were transported by rail within the first six months of this year. Lithuanian Railways income exceeded 205 m euro and were by 3.1 per cent higher as compared to the results of the first half of the year 2016.

Just this June, Lithuanian Railways transported 4.38 m tons of various freight. If compared to the results of June 2016, 12 per cent more freight was transported this year. This is the highest amounts of freight transported within one month during this and last year.

"Even though the competition in market is fierce, this year, Lithuanian Railways succeeded in improving results. Growing freight and passenger transportation numbers is the result of consistent and intense work of the company", – Mantas Bartuška, the General Manager of Lithuanian Railways, commented the results of the first half of the year.

In June of this year, almost 324 thousand passengers travelled by railway on local routes of Lithuanian Railways – by 4 per cent more than in June of the last year. Routes Vilnius–Kaunas, which in June of this year was chosen by 9 per cent more passengers than in the last year, and Vilnius–Klaipėda with an increase of 10 per cent as compared to 2016, remain the most popular routes.

During January–June 2017, as compared to the first half of the year of 2016, the amount of exported freight significantly increased – by 26.1 per cent. The volumes of transit freight also increased by 16.3 per cent. The amount of imported freight decreased by 0.4 per cent, but, in June, the amount of imported freight increased by 11.2 per cent.

Total of 17.60 m of tons were transported via international railway routes – by 6.9 per cent more than during January–June of the last year. 6.84 m tons were transported via local routes.

The amount of exported freight mostly increased due to growing volumes of transported food and chemistry industry products, products of animal origin and other freight. Solid mineral fuel, mineral and oil products dominated among transit freight. This type of freight caused the increase of transit freight flow through the territory of Lithuania.

Updated on 2017-08-18