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Latvian company to perform reconstruction work at Lithuanian airport

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian road construction company A.C.B. has signed a contract in Lithuania with Vilnius International Airport for the reconstruction of the runway. Work will commence in March and will continue until the end of the year.

The company told BNN that reconstruction work at Vilnius airport will cost nearly EUR 19 million. The most significant change at Vilnius airport will be the new runway, which will consist of four layers with asphalt surface at a total area of 150,000 m2. Other major change will include the reinforcement of the airstrip and installation of a new lighting system to ensure safe landings in foggy conditions.

It should be said that the airport will be completely closed off for 35 days (14 July – 18 August) for reconstruction. Most airlines will divert flights to Kaunas airport.

«The state of the runway is one of the most important factors for ensuring safe landings and proper function of airport infrastructure. The last time Vilnius airport’s runway was reconstructed was 20 years ago. This is why this project is vital for our airport. It is important to consider the fact that without reconstruction, Vilnius airport will no longer comply with safety regulations, which means to flights whatsoever for the country’s main airport,» says CEO of Vilnius International Airport Gediminas Almantas.

A.C.B. won the right to perform reconstruction work at Vilnius International Airport by making the best possible offer.

«Our experience allow us to say that although Vilnius airport reconstruction is a challenging project, we have the knowledge technical and engineering capacity and confidence to do the best possible job. Consolidated and professional teamwork always plays a major role in projects of such scale, as does the involvement and coordination of all involved sides,» says A.C.B. chairman Valdis Lejnieks.

He adds: «Halting all work at Vilnius airport for 35 is only the tip of the iceberg. Before the closure, there is a lot of preparation work to do – design, planning, work schedule compilation and commencement of construction in March».

A.C.B. notes that reinforcement of the airstrip will ensure that in events when aircraft divert from the runway no damage is done to the infrastructure and the work of the airport is not impeded. CAT III lighting system will be installed to increase landing safety for aircraft in foggy conditions. Reconstruction of approach lights will be performed on both ends of the runway. «Reconstruction of the airstrip’s lighting system includes the use of the most modern LED technology, which not only provides better illumination, but also reduces the airport’s electricity consumption.»

«Similar to Riga International Airport’s case, we plan to perform work day and night. This will require very accurate planning and resource mobilization. But such experience is nothing new to us – reconstruction at Riga airport was performed without halting the airport’s work. Our work was also strictly limited at night as well. We can safely say that Vilnius airport reconstruction project will significantly improve its competitiveness in the region. The airport will not have to worry about the quality of its runway for the next 20 years after this project is done,» says A.C.B. technical director Dzintars Pomers.

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