Lithuanian Airports has announced an international tender for the selection of an operator of the parking lots at its three airports.

The new operator will manage more than 3,300 parking spaces (existing and planned) at Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports. The winner of the tender will take over the management of the parking spaces in the second half of this year, the airport operator said.

“We have already completed market consultations, during which we presented the scope of the tender to local and international companies. By implementing this project, we want to increase and at the same time unify the quality of the services provided, so one of the most important elements that we are going to evaluate is a potential operator’s experience in the market,” said Gintarė Norvilaitė-Tautevičė, chief commercial officer (CCO) at Lithuanian Airports.

“The new operator will not only have to take control of all the parking spaces, but also implement technological improvements, including the large-scale development of charging stations for electric cars,” she added.


A gradual process
The winner of the tender will take over the administration of the parking lots in a series of stages.

In Vilnius, the new operator will administer a multi-storey parking lot, long-term parking spaces and a central parking zone, which will be installed along with the new departure terminal. It is expected that by the end of 2024, they will be responsible for the administration of an area of more than 40,000m2 and more than 1,300 parking spaces.

At Kaunas Airport, the new operator will be responsible for short-term parking and two long-term parking lots, as well as an area of almost 10,000m2 where the development of parking spaces can be carried out. By 2024, almost 1,400 parking spaces will be transferred to their care.

At Palanga Airport about 470 parking spaces will be handed over, located in both short-term and long-term parking lots. At this airport, the new operator will administer an area of 15,600m2.


Selection underway
The international selection of the parking lot operator is already underway, and market participants can submit their applications until June 2023. The administration of the parking lots at Vilnius Airport is to be handed over to the new operator by October 2024 when the contract works for the new passenger departure terminal and access (transport scheme) are due to be completed.

The winner of the tender will be required to implement any necessary technologies, to properly adapt the existing airport infrastructure for use, to install charging stations for electric cars, to ensure comprehensive infrastructure maintenance, and to perform snow removal in the parking lots. The operator will also have to ensure security within the parking lots and their surroundings.

In addition, the operator will be expected to provide high-quality customer service, set up a call centre, and undertake marketing projects related to the parking lots.

The contract will be for ten years, Lithuanian Airports said.

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