Simply over every week after the Mayor of Vilnius declared that his metropolis had overtaken Riga as the most important metropolis within the Baltics, Lithuania’s airport authority introduced that it had secured a contractor to construct a brand new passenger departure terminal for Vilnius Airport. Let’s take a look at the small print of this thrilling new plan.


Vilnius presently has one comparatively small departures terminal with a separate constructing for arrivals. Photograph: Lithuanian Airports LTOU


Increasing Lithuania’s main airport facility

On September 14th, Lithuanian Airports introduced that it had finalised the general public procurement process to pick out a contractor to construct a brand new passenger departure terminal at Vilnius Airport. Lithuanian agency Eikos Statyba was chosen because the contractor – beating out 4 different bidders. Constructed between Vilnius’ present VIP terminal/convention centre and its outdated passenger terminal, the entire worth of the newly-secured contract is €41.5 million, which is roughly the identical quantity in US {dollars} on the time of this text’s publication. The worth of the contract, nonetheless, excludes VAT – which if calculated at the usual charge, would add one other 21% to the price of the undertaking.

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Commenting on the undertaking and highlighting the necessity for the capitals’ airport growth, Lithuania’s Transport Minister stated:

“Lithuania’s important airport should be handy for passengers, meet worldwide requirements and carry out its features correctly. The brand new terminal at Vilnius Airport will make a major contribution to the event of the aviation sector, opening up new capability alternatives. As passenger visitors on the airport grows, you will need to guarantee comfy service circumstances that meet trendy requirements,” -Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis.

(Re) Secured deal for airport growth

It isn’t precisely the primary time {that a} deal for constructing the brand new airport terminal was reached. Certainly, the corporate had gained an earlier tender, however the contract was not signed on the time. This was because of the geopolitical scenario, which, whereas unspecified, largely refers back to the COVID-19 disaster. Nonetheless, the battle in Ukraine may need additionally contributed to a pointy improve in building and materials costs.

“Confronted with authorized challenges, we saved up our preparations for the brand new procurement: we held a public session and offered main adjustments to the procurement paperwork. In consequence, we had been capable of shortly reply and efficiently implement the brand new procurement,” -Arnas Dūmanas, Head of the Operations and Infrastructure Division of Lithuanian Airports

The contractor, Eikos statyba has been secured to construct an “A++ energy-efficient” departure terminal module with a complete space of greater than 14,000 sq. meters, whereas additionally redeveloping 34,000 sq. meters of the airport’s entry by the tip of 2024. The identical firm was accountable for establishing Vilnius Airport’s VIP Terminal, which might point out that call makers had a passable expertise with the earlier airport-related undertaking.

The contractor had additionally efficiently constructed the Vilnius Airport VIP terminal and convention middle. Photograph: Eikos Statyba

“We respect the general public sector’s means to react shortly and flexibly in a altering geopolitical and financial scenario, and to prioritise the event of such essential nationwide infrastructure initiatives whatever the present scenario. We imagine that the expertise gained within the building of advanced constructions, together with our already accomplished Vilnius Airport VIP terminal building undertaking, will considerably contribute to the profitable implementation of the brand new terminal building,” -Almantas Čebanauskas, the Head of Eikos Statyba

What to anticipate from the brand new terminal

With 2022 virtually over, the purpose to complete building by the tip of 2024 provides somewhat over two years for the undertaking. However, when all is alleged and completed, the entire space of Vilnius Airport’s terminals will improve by a 3rd whereas passenger capability will greater than double (from 900 to 2,400 passengers per hour).

Lithuanian Airports is anticipating that air journey grows within the coming years. Photograph: Lithuanian Airports

Moreover, Lithuanian Airports experiences that the brand new constructing can have two flooring and is deliberate to incorporate a self-service check-in space on the bottom ground, the place passengers will be capable to examine in for his or her flights in addition to examine of their baggage. Widespread public areas, cafés, airline workplaces, and different industrial areas will even be built-in into the brand new constructing.

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