New passenger departures terminal is to be built at Vilnius Airport
The new terminal will more than double passenger capacity, from the current 900 to 2,400 passengers per hour.
Credit: Lithuanian Airports
Lithuanian Airports has awarded the nearly €25 million public tender to build a new 14,400m2 passenger terminal at Vilnius International Airport to Mitnija.
The contract also includes transformation of another 34,000m2 of access areas.
After completion of equipment installation and other technical work, the terminal will welcome passengers at the end of 2022.
The new A++ energy efficiency passenger terminal will be built in the northern area of the airport, between the old terminal and the recently built VIP terminal with a conference centre. It will increase the total area of Vilnius Airport terminals by one third and passenger capacity will more than double from the current 900 to 2,400 passengers per hour.
The new terminal will have two levels. The first housing passenger check in and public spaces, as well as cafes, airline company offices and other commercial premises. On the second level there will be a security check area and departure gates for Schengen passengers.
The building will also have the necessary technical areas – baggage screening and sorting, and engineering systems. The new terminal will be connected to the existing one by a spacious gallery which will ensure easy movement between the two terminals.
“We are launching one of the most important stages of this four-year project. Detailed planning of works and needs has taken several years. The project is necessary for increasing the capacity of Vilnius Airport and becomes even more relevant in an attempt to adapt to the new challenges posed by the pandemic. It will allow for even more efficient distancing. Its successful implementation calls not only for a modern, large area but also for technological solutions inside of it. The new terminal will therefore have a much more modern infrastructure designed for passenger convenience, more automated solutions and self service,” said Dainius Čiuplys, Head of Vilnius Airport.
Investments in the new terminal are planned to be paid off in 10 to 15 years.