On the 6th of September Palanga airport will be closed for reconstruction, which will last for 45 days. Works will consist of runway, taxiway and platform renovation, modernization of utilities network, lighting systems, installation of energy-efficient and sustainable solutions.
According to Head of Operations and Infrastructure Department of Lithuanian Airports Dainius Čiuplys, infrastructure of an airport is cyclical, and its depreciated parts must be modernized every 10-15 years to meet aviation safety and environmental requirements. 2007 was the last time when Palanga airport was modernized.
During modernization of Palanga airport, LED signal system will be installed, modernization of the airport will consist of renovation of all surfaces. In addition, systems of platform illumination and collection of surface waste waters and purification will be installed.
“Renovated runway and taxiway ensure safer movement of airplanes and will save their fuel consumption, as well. During reconstruction, collection and purification of surface waste waters will also be improved, meanwhile installed LED signal system will reduce costs of consumed electricity of the whole airport“, notes D. Čiuplys.
According to him, reconstruction of Palanga airport is conducted for the purposes to conform to the requirements imposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for international aviation and airports‘ operation.
“Modernization of the infrastructure of Palanga airport according to the newest international standards will give an opportunity to ensure safe airport operation and faster servicing of airplanes, it will also improve environmental situation and will contribute to creation of additional value in the whole Region of the West Lithuania“, says D. Čiuplys.
Works of the main and the most intensive stage of modernization will start on the 6th of September. During these stages, the operation of the airport will be suspended for the necessary and the shortest possible period, which will last for 45 days.
Experience from similar projects
A Latvian company “A.C.B.“Public won the procurement of modernization of Palanga Airport, which was announced in autumn of 2020. The same company undertook to perform all works for 13,6 million euro (VAT excluded). The bigger part of this project is financed using funds from state budget. The government has adopted its decision to allocate 10,25 million euro to modernize Palanga airport and these investments were approved by the European Commission. The remaining part, 3,35 million of euro, is financed using Nordic Investment Bank loan for Lithuanian airports.
As Executive Director of “A.C.B.“ group Armands Svikis has noted, the company has similar experience in modernizing runway in Vilnius airport in 2017, therefore, the contractor is ready to take challenges to modernize Palanga airport.
“We will implement the most active stage of this project within the shortest possible period. Therefore, our works will take place continuously, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Modernization of Palanga airport is planned in a way that it will not harm environment, communities and will ensure friendly environment for its neighbors. Plan for environmental effects is specifically prepared to this project with foreseen necessary measures to reduce noise and dust: banks of earth, regular coverage of bulk materials with water and others“, notes A. Svikis.
About Lithuanian Airports
Lithuanian airports network consists of three largest airports in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. In 2020 Lithuanian airports serviced 1,8 million passengers and 30 000 flights.