Vilnius Airport launches tender for departures terminal
A tender for a departures terminal has been launched by the Lithuanian airport network for Vilnius airport.
The 14,400 m² project in the northern part of the airport will double the hourly passenger flow from 1,200 to 2,400.
A € 25 million tender for the departure terminal was initially awarded to Mitnija, Lithuania’s largest contractor, but was canceled after construction work was delayed for four months due to the effect of Covid-19 on the aviation market.
The two-story terminal will contain check-in areas on the ground floor, with departure and arrival gates on the second. It will be located between the existing departures and the VIP terminal and a conference center.
Work will continue in parallel on improving the accessibility of the airport, which includes the development of a more efficient transport system.
The Lithuanian airport network indicates that the cost of the project will be decided after the procurement.
Arnas Dūmanas, Head of Lithuanian Airports Project Management, said: “The new building will be energy class A ++. Sustainable construction leads to better operational parameters, better long-term yields, a responsible approach to the environment and human health.
“Our goal is to ensure that the new terminal is BREEAM Good certified. The airport is an unconventional place that requires special security and attention. We aim to create competitive conditions for the selection of market professionals and to ensure the participation of experienced engineers in the organization and supervision of construction works.
Dainius Čiuplys, head of operations and infrastructure at Lithuanian airports, said: “Already before the pandemic, Vilnius airport had reached its capacity limits. Therefore, this development is very important both for us and for the passengers.
“The terminal will expand the operational and technological possibilities of the airport, which are linked to direct activities, and allow for a wider range of non-aeronautical services. In the longer term, we can easily initiate qualitative changes and introduce further improvements in the existing terminal.
Construction on the project is expected to begin after the agreement is signed in mid-2022, and passengers are expected to enter the terminal in 2024.
Images courtesy of the Lithuanian Airport System