Starting Sept. 6, Palanga airport will close for modernization and remain closed for 45 days. Modernization work will include runway, taxiway and platform renovation; modernization of the utilities network and illumination systems; and installation of energy-efficient and sustainable solutions.
According to Head of Operations and Infrastructure Department of Lithuanian Airports Dainius Ciuplys, infrastructure of an airport is cyclical, and its depreciated parts must be modernized every 10 to 15 years to meet aviation safety and environmental requirements. The last time the Palanga airport was modernized was 2007.
“Renovated runway and taxiway ensure safer movement of airplanes and will save their fuel consumption, as well. During reconstruction, collection and purification of surface waste waters will also be improved, meanwhile installed LED signal system will reduce costs of consumed electricity of the whole airport," said Ciuplys.
According to Ciuplys, reconstruction of Palanga airport is conducted for the purposes to conform to the requirements imposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for international aviation and airports‘ operation.
“Modernization of the infrastructure of Palanga airport according to the newest international standards will give an opportunity to ensure safe airport operation and faster servicing of airplanes, it will also improve environmental situation and will contribute to creation of additional value in the whole Region of the West Lithuania," said Ciuplys.