Vilnius Airport in Lithuania has selected Lithuanian construction company Mitnija to construct a passenger terminal.

The company was awarded the public tender worth €25m for the passenger terminal.

Mitnija will construct a new 14,400m² passenger terminal along with the transformation of access areas spread over another 34,000m² area.

The terminal is expected to begin operations by the end of 2022.

The passenger terminal will have an energy efficiency rating of A++ and will be constructed in the northern part of the airport.

With this new terminal, the total area of the airport terminals will increase by one-third while the capacity will increase to 2,400 passengers hourly from the existing 900.

The new terminal will feature two storeys. The first storey will feature the passenger check-in and public spaces, while the second level will house the security check area and Schengen passenger departure gates.

Furthermore, the terminal will be equipped with necessary technical areas such as baggage screening and sorting and engineering systems.

It will be connected to the current terminal with a spacious gallery to ensure easy movement.

Vilnius Airport head Dainius Čiuplys said: “We are launching one of the most important stages of this four-year project. Detailed planning of works and needs has taken several years.

“The project is necessary for increasing the capacity of Vilnius Airport and becomes even more relevant in an attempt to adapt to the new challenges posed by the pandemic. It will allow for even more efficient distancing.

“Its successful implementation calls not only for a modern, large area but also for technological solutions inside of it. The new terminal will therefore have a much more modern infrastructure designed for passenger convenience, more automated solutions and self-service.”

The terminal construction is not expected to affect the operations of the airport and will ensure the safety of the staff and passengers.

Last month, Vilnius Airport commenced the renovation of taxiways and the reconstruction of its apron.