July 14 - August 18, 2017 Vilnius Airport will be carrying out reconstruction of the runway. Aircrafts will not be landing in Vilnius during the specified period, and communication with Lithuania will be ensured through other air gateways - most of the airlines are planning to move their flights to Kaunas and Palanga for this period.
The runway at Vilnius Airport will be fully reconstructed. Dating back to 1958, last time the runway was reconstructed 20 years ago. Because of some specific works, it will be not possible to carry out everything during the night time only, without affecting flights - high-quality works will require a little more than a month’s time.
The best time for reconstruction has been chosen considering various factors, as the majority of the works require higher air temperature with as little precipitation as possible. For this reason, the analysis of weather conditions in 2012-2014 has been carried out indicating that the least rainy days occur exactly in the selected July-August period. Some preparatory works not affecting the flights and taking around 3-4 months will start in spring already.
While preparing for reconstruction, Lithuanian Airports carried out an airlines survey revealing that 13 out of 15 airlines, currently operating in the capital, are going to move their flights from Vilnius to other Lithuanian cities.
‘We are emphasising that currently airlines are not stating anything officially, however, their intentions are rather optimistic. We are actively communicating with airlines, planning changes in the infrastructure and trying to make the reconstruction period as easy and convenient for both the airlines and passengers as possible’, - says Artūras Stankevičius, director of Vilnius Airport.
It is expected that Vilnius Airport is going to welcome almost 4,350 flights with over 400 thousand passengers during 14 July - 18 August 2017. Based on the current data, 77 per cent of these flights and 90 per cent of passengers will be moved to other cities.
Kaunas Airport is planning to build an additional temporary infrastructure in order to provide the best service for so many passengers. The additional infrastructure will consist of an arrival terminal, a departure terminal with areas for check-in, aviation security screening, the State Border Guard services, Customs, boarding gates and other typical airport areas. It is also planned to expand parking lots and arrange temporary parking areas. In 2016 a reconstruction of the existing ramp of Kaunas Airport will be carried out thus providing the sufficient number of aircraft parking stands. Palanga Airport will serve more passengers without an additional infrastructure.
The first preparatory works will already start next year. The runway will be reconstructed step by step. After the reconstruction ends, some completion works will be carried our until the middle of October without affecting flights.