Lithuania’s Vilnius Airport has announced the completion of the modernisation of its two aircraft taxiways located in the southern part of the aerodrome.

The airport noted that the renovation will improve the operational safety of aircraft while enabling faster taxiing and reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Vilnius Airport head Dainius Čiuplys stated that reconstruction every ten to 15 years will allow airport infrastructure to fulfil requirements of aviation safety and environment protection.

Čiuplys said: “We aspired to execute all the works and to resume using the especially important taxiways again within approximately half a year, therefore, we have employed a lot of contractors from the very beginning.

“Both of the modernised taxiways are already being used, whereas we are planning to extend one of them in parallel to the runway and this way to create a parallel taxiway, which would enable the aircraft to move within the airport in a more convenient and faster way.”

As part of taxiway renovation, the collecting and cleaning surface sewage systems were also upgraded, along with the installation of LED lights on the taxiways to decrease electricity use.

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Kauno tiltai, a road and bridge construction company, is responsible for delivering most of the work.

Talking about the next year’s reconstruction plans, Čiuplys noted that most of the construction will focus on the northern part of the airport.

Čiuplys added: “The northern part of the aerodrome is a location which encompasses especially many reconstruction works.

“We are planning to install new and to reconstruct the current taxiways, to create a completely new northern apron and parking stands for bigger aircraft, to connect the previously mentioned apron with the runway for ensuring faster movement there, which also consequently means smaller impact for the environment.

“We are getting ready for the nearest future, when we will have to control growing aviation flows again and provide efficient services to the airlines.”

In 2021, new aircraft de-icing areas will be installed, and the construction of a sewage cleaning system will begin.

The reconstruction of Vilnius Airport, which commenced in the middle of 2020, will be finished by the end of 2021.

The total cost of renovation stands at approximately €34m, most of which has been co-financed by European Union funds.