Vilnius seeks terminal contractor

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Vilnius Airport, part of the Lithuanian Airports network, is looking for a contractor to build a new two-story passenger departure terminal.

Construction of the 14,400m2 (155,500ft2) facility, in the northern part of the airport, will increase Vilnius’s terminal space by a third and double passenger throughput to 2,400 per hour. It will be built between the existing terminal and a currently-under-construction VIP terminal and conference center.

The new terminal will be a two-story building, with a self-service passenger check-in area on the ground floor, shared public space and cafes, as well as other commercial areas and airline offices.

Technical areas – baggage screening and sorting, engineering systems – will be in the center of the building. The security screening area and a departure gate for Schengen passengers will be on the second floor. The new passenger terminal will be connected to the existing gallery, giving convenient communication between the terminals.

According to Dainius Čiuplys, director of Vilnius Airport, the construction of the new terminal is just one stage on the reconstruction of the airport.

“The new terminal will broaden the operational and technological capabilities of the airport with its direct operations, and will increase the range of non-aviation services. In the longer term, with such construction and engineering solutions, we will be able to easily initiate qualitative changes and implement new improvements,” Čiuplys said.

Vilnius Airport plans to select a construction contractor for the new terminal by mid-2020 and start work immediately. The airport hopes to have the new terminal ready to receive passengers by the second half of 2022.

Transportation access in front of the airport will also be improved: engineering networks will be renovated, pavement will be replaced, canopies will be installed and a new transportation scheme will be created.

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