An international tender for a new departures terminal was launched by Lithuanian Airport Network, which operates Vilnius International Airport (VNO).

The new terminal, which is to be at the northern part of the airport, is set to have an area of 14.4 thousand square meters when completed. The construction is also expected to double the passenger throughput at VNO, from 1,200 passengers per hour to 2,400.

While the new terminal is being constructed, there is also a plan to simultaneously carry out the reconstruction of the ground accessibility system in front of Vilnius Airport. Lithuanian Airport Network plans to have engineering networks renovated, current pavement to be replaced, and a newer and more efficient transport scheme to be developed. 

“The new building will be of A ++ energy class. Sustainable construction leads to better operational parameters, greater long-term returns, responsible approach to the environment and human health,” said Arnas Dūmanas, Head of Project Management at Lithuanian Airports in a statement online by Lithuanian Airports. “Our goal is to ensure that the new terminal building is BREEAM Good certified. The airport is an unconventional place that requires special safety and attention.” 

“It will be necessary to ensure, during the construction, the uninterrupted operation of the current terminal and of the infrastructure and appropriate comfort of the passengers. The construction quality and deadlines are among the essential objectives of the project. Therefore, we aim to create competitive conditions for the selection of the market professionals and to ensure the participation of experienced engineering personnel in the organisation and supervision of the construction work.”

The new passenger departures terminal will be two levels. 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. The building will also be equipped with common public spaces, cafes, airline offices, and other commercial areas.  

The new terminal will be connected to the existing passenger terminal by a spacious walkway, which will ensure a seamless connection between the terminals

The exact investment amount required to implement the project will be known after the end of the procurement procedure.

Vilnius Airports plans to select a contractor for the construction through an international public tender procedure by mid-2022 and for work to start immediately. If the timeline goes accordingly, VNO can welcome passengers to the new terminal by the second quarter of 2024.