European Commission to Support Construction of Terminal in Vilnius Airport
- Özgür Töre
The European Commission today has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €14.28 million measure to support Lietuvos Oro Uostai, the operator of Vilnius airport.
The aim of the measure is to support the beneficiary in the construction of a new terminal to meet future passenger traffic, while ensuring operational safety and reducing passenger congestion. The aid will take the form of a direct grant and will allow the beneficiary to serve up to 7.8 million yearly passengers at the airport.
After the construction of this new terminal with an area of 14.4 thousand square meters is complete, the total area of all passenger terminals at Vilnius Airport will increase by a third, and passenger throughput will double - from 1,200 passengers per hour to 2,400.
The reconstruction of the ground accessibility system in front of Vilnius Airport will be carried out simultaneously with the construction of the new terminal: the engineering networks will be renovated, the pavement will be replaced, and a new much more efficient transport scheme will be developed.
Some of the highlights from the new terminal project:
The new building will be of A ++ energy class. Sustainable construction will lead to better operational parameters, greater long-term returns, responsible approach to the environment and human health. Our goal is to ensure that the new terminal building is BREEAM Good certified;
The new passenger departures terminal will sit between the existing departures and the VIP Terminal & Conference centre;
The new building will be two-storied. On its ground floor, there will be a passenger check-in area with a self-service zone where passengers will be able to check in independently both themselves and their luggage for the flight. The building will also be equipped with common public spaces, cafes and other commercial areas, and airline offices;
The new terminal will be connected to the existing passenger terminal by a spacious walkway, which will ensure comfortable connection between the terminals;
Terminal will also have two new airbridges, through which it will be possible to board passengers directly onto the planes;
After works are complete, the new terminal is scheduled to become operational in Q1 2025.