Vilnius Airport (VNO) in Lithuania has initiated construction works on its new departure terminal to boost passenger handling capacity.

The new 14,400m² facility is estimated to double the passenger throughput to 2,400 an hour.

Lithuanian Airports representatives said that the terminal will feature innovations to improve operational efficiency and streamline travellers’ experience.

Entailing a €41.5m investment, the new terminal will expand the total area of passenger terminals at VNO by a third.

It will be built between the VIP terminal and the old passenger terminal and is expected to open in early 2025.

The ground floor of the two-storey building will have a self-service check-in area to enable travellers to check in their luggage at dedicated terminals.

The second floor will feature security screening areas, along with departure and arrival gates for passengers from Schengen nations.

Also included are common public spaces, cafes, other commercial areas and airline offices.

The new facility will be A++ energy class and ‘BREEAM Good’ certified, showcasing its green approach during construction.

Lithuanian Airports interim CEO Aurimas Stikliūnas said: “We stand at the centre of an important change for aviation in Lithuania.

“The opportunities to handle more aircraft and more passengers are directly linked to our future prospects to become leaders in the region, which means moving to the next level of quality and competing for a wider geography of flights across the country.

“This entire project is a series of developments – not just a construction project, but also a platform for innovation in airports, where we will finally be able to apply state-of-the-art technology to improve airport efficiency and passenger comfort.”