Vilnius Airport announced on December 23 a public tender for a new passenger departure terminal. The 14,400-square-metre building is set to double the number of passengers the airport is able to handle.
The new building will sit adjacent to the old departures terminal, near the VIP terminal and a conference center that are currently being built, according to Lithuanian Airports press release.
“The focus is on energy efficiency and sustainability,” Arnas Dumanas, the project manager of the Vilnius Airport Reconstruction Program.
The 14,400-square-meter building will be built across two floors, with a check-in area on the ground floor, shared public spaces, cafes, as well as other commercial space and offices.
Technical areas – baggage screening and sorting, engineering systems – will be based at the center of the building. A security screening area and a departure gate for Schengen passengers will be found on the second floor.
According to the press release, the exact costs will become clear once the tender is called.
“Already Vilnius Airport has reached its capacity,” said Dainius Ciuplys, director of Vilnius Airport. “The new terminal will broaden the operational and technological capabilities of the airport.”
Vilnius Airport plans to have selected a construction contractor for the new terminal by mid-2020 and start work immediately. The new terminal may start operating in the second half of 2022, according to the press release. (LRT/Business World Magazine)