Engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV is to help prepare master plans for the development of Lithuanian Airports.

Following an international public procurement procedure for the preparation of master plans and feasibility studies, Lithuanian Airports has selected Royal HaskoningDHV, awarding the Netherlands firm an €824,000 contract.  

“The 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 Dūmanas, this study will analyse not only the development opportunities and alternatives of Vilnius Airport, but of other Lithuanian Airports-owned facilities, such as Kaunas and Palanga airports. It will also focus on the specific strengths of the individual airports, and the impact of flight expansion, as well as the potential to develop the capacity of 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 liaise with consultants to find the optimal long-term development solutions,” Dūmanas said.

A long-term network development study is to be prepared by the end of 2023. This will include 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 long-term development, an overview of the impact of airports on the national economy, and plans for the use of the land plots owned by Lithuanian Airports. 

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