Kaunas International Airport started operations in 1988 when airport activities were moved from S. Darius and S. Girėnas Airport, the other airport near Kaunas. In 1991, after Lithuania's independence, it gained the status of an international airport. In 1996 it became a member of Airports Council International (ACI) and it began to take part in the activities of the "Lithuanian Airports" association. Kaunas airport was used by aircraft YAK-40, and YAK-42 of local Aeroflot branch since 1988. The flight range was moderate and there were some scheduled flights from Kaunas to Kiev, Kharkiv, Moscow, Odessa, Simferopol, and Šiauliai. Regional airline Air Lithuania based in Kaunas operated scheduled and charter flights from Kaunas to Budapest, Billund, Hamburg, Malmö, and Oslo from 1993 till 2004.