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2017.07.14 11:34

Vilnius airport to be closed for runway reconstruction

Algirdas Acus 2017.07.14 11:34

Lithuania’s largest International Vilnius Airport will be closed on Thursday night for over a month in order to reconstruct its runway.

Lithuania’s largest International Vilnius Airport will be closed on Thursday night for over a month in order to reconstruct its runway.


The last landing in Vilnius will be at 8:55 PM and the last take off – at 9:20 PM. For 35 days most airlines will be diverted to Kaunas Airport, some 100 kilometres away from the Lithuanian capital.
 

Ireland's budget carrier Ryanair is the only airline that has not moved its flights to Kaunas. Other carriers have not relocated some of their flights and will wait for air traffic in Vilnius to resume.
 

‘We will set up ourselves in Kaunas until 1:00 hour at night and will wait for passengers there’, said Director of Vilnius Airport Olaf Martens.
 

Vilnius airport was built 85 years ago and its runway needs to be reconstructed.
 

According to preliminary estimates, a total of 3,100 flights and 300,000 passengers will be temporarily relocated from Vilnius to Kaunas. The smaller Kaunas airport will also service 460 of its own regular flights and 75,000 passengers during that period.
 

‘There can be no delays, we will be fined for each delay that is over half of an hour’, said Egidijus Jasulaitis, Deputy CEO of the company transporting all the necessary equipment from Vilnius to Kaunas airport.
 

Vilnius Airport is scheduled to reopen on 18th August.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

OLAF MARTENS, Director of Vilnius Airport:

All the main and critical equipment will be moved until 21:00 hour and will reach Kaunas airport until 23:00. Later more trucks will be engaged to move not so critical equipment, and we will set up ourselves in Kaunas until 1 hour at night and will wait for passengers there.
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

EGIDIJUS JASULAITIS, Deputy CEO of Axis Transport:

There can be no delays, we will be fined for each delay that is over half of an hour. The fine is 500 Euros. So we make efforts to do everything in due time, and at the moment we keep up the pace.