Vilnius Airport (VNO), serving the capital of Lithuania, has begun the reconstruction of its old terminal. The project, which aims to introduce a new departure terminal for passengers, is scheduled to finish by 2025.
According to the government-owned Lithuanian Airports, which is also responsible for Kaunas Airport (KUN) and Palanga Airport (PLQ), the new 14,400 square meter terminal will triple the total terminal area at VNO and double the terminal’s throughput to 2,400 passengers per hour.
“The main Lithuanian airport must be convenient for passengers, meet international standards, and perform its functions properly. The new terminal at Vilnius Airport will make a significant contribution to the development of the aviation sector, opening up new capacity opportunities,” stated Marius Skuodis, the Minister of Transport and Communications.
Along with the new terminal, private and public transportation access will also be eased for passengers traveling from the capital’s airport. The project will include the “renewing of engineering infrastructure, resurfacing, installation of carports, and the creation of a new, much more permeable transport scheme”.
“This is undoubtedly the most important project for all Lithuanian airports in the next few years, to which we are dedicating a lot of our internal resources,” added Aurimas Stikliūnas, the interim Chief Executive Officer of Lithuanian Airports.
The new departure terminal will include self-service check-in areas, common public spaces, cafes, and commercial spaces, as well as security screening areas, and departure and arrival gates for passengers from Schengen countries. The building will have an A++ energy class, showcasing that the entity chose a sustainable approach to the construction process.
The total project cost is estimated to be €41.5 million ($44.9 million), without Value-Added Tax (VAT).