Lithuanian Airports has carried out an international public procurement procedure for the preparation of master plans and feasibility studies. The study, which will outline development options for the coming decades, will be prepared by Royal HaskoningDHV from the Netherlands. The contract is worth EUR 824 thousand (excluding VAT).
“Among many other important insights for our entire airport network, the expert study will analyse development and modernisation alternatives for today's Vilnius Airport arrivals terminal. The recommendations made by the consultants will help to decide on future actions related to the heritage sites. This is particularly important in the new context: we have a contractor for the new departure’s terminal, we are in the process of preparatory work, and the new facility, once operational, also implies the need for conversion of the other existing terminals. Therefore, when planning further development, we will have the opportunity to look at various scenarios on how to efficiently convert the existing infrastructure,” said Arnas Dūmanas, Head of the Operations and Infrastructure Department of Lithuanian Airports.
According to him, this study will analyse not only the development opportunities and alternatives of Vilnius Airport, but also of other Lithuanian Airports, such as Kaunas and Palanga, as well as focusing on the specific strengths of the individual airports, flight expansion, and increasing the capacity of the passenger and cargo terminals.
“Long-term development is our strategic goal, and we have consistently pursued it, even during the pandemic. Now we have a lot of work ahead of us to work with consultants to find the optimal long-term development solutions, helping experts to understand our specificities, which are present in every airport,” added A. Dūmanas
After signing the contract with the winning company, a long-term network development study is planned to be prepared by the end of 2023, which will include, among other components, an analysis of accessibility (ground connections to airports and their modernisation), infrastructure (modernisation of existing passenger and freight terminals), and the environmental situation. The document will also provide a financial forecast for the long-term development period, an overview of the impact of airports on the national economy, and plans for the use of the land plots owned by Lithuanian Airports.
Royal HaskoningDHV, winner of the procurement, advises airports around the world on long-term development, sustainable aviation and other aviation issues. Some of their clients include airports in Helsinki, Singapore, Beijing and Taiwan.