Busy with Preparations for Closure of Vilnius Airport

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Busy with Preparations for Closure of Vilnius Airport

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In anticipation of closure of Vilnius airport in the mid-summer, specialists of State Enterprise Oro navigacija are preparing busily for future changes, increasing the briefing offices’ capacity in Kaunas airport and S. Darius and S. Girėnas Aerodrome in Aleksotas, updating the information necessary for safe flights, and strengthening the air traffic controllers’ team.

Due to runway reconstruction works, Vilnius airport will not operate from 14 July 2017 to 18 August 2017.  Most flights will be directed to Kaunas, and it has been estimated that in the reconstruction period the number of aircraft operating in Kaunas airport should increase from 20–27 to 94–115 per day. It is expected that in peak hours the number of aircraft operating in Kaunas airport will increase from 3–5 to 12–15 per hour.

As there will be an increase in flights to the temporary capital Kaunas, the briefing services in Kaunas aerodrome will be supported remotely by specialists of Vilnius Briefing Office. In the above-mentioned period from 8 a.m. to 20 p.m. specialists in the Briefing Office of Kaunas aerodrome will be assisted by instructors on their workplaces at Vilnius Briefing Office.

Instructors of the Briefing Office in Kaunas do not work from 20 p.m. to 8 a.m., therefore, in this period flight crews of aircraft operating in Kaunas aerodrome will have a possibility to use the self-briefing services, supported remotely by instructors in Vilnius.

A memo of how to use self-briefing services will be available at the terminal of the Briefing Office in Kaunas aerodrome. If any questions arise, there will be a possibility to call to Vilnius Briefing Office by phone number given in the memo. Instructors in Vilnius will be able remotely to take over control of self-briefing, and show on the screen of computer the actions to be taken by the person concerned.

Upon request submitted in advance, Vilnius Briefing Office will also send the pre-flight information by e-mail to the person concerned.

To reduce the air traffic volume in Kaunas airport, it has been planned to direct all general aviation aircraft (performing flights in Lithuania, and flights from abroad) to S.Darius and S.Girėnas Aerodrome in Aleksotas, where a self-briefing office has been installed for this purpose. If any questions arise, pilots may consult instructors of Vilnius Briefing Office by phone and receive the pre-flight information on the filed flight plan (FPL) by e-mail.

Because of reconstruction of Kaunas airport apron and works near the runway in Vilnius airport, it is necessary to update the flight safety-related documents such as NOTAMs, SUPs, etc. Oro navigacija’s specialists have already prepared a lot of significant information to pilots and air traffic controllers on changes in procedures for aircraft taking off from or landing in Vilnius and Kaunas airports.  

In anticipation of increase in flight number, the air traffic controllers’ capacity is being strengthened. Six air traffic controllers of Vilnius Aerodrome Control Centre will start to provide approach control services in Kaunas Terminal Control Area. Also, training on simulator in conditions of increased air traffic volume is organised to air traffic controllers employed in Vilnius and Kaunas.

Companies providing the ground handling services in Kaunas airport are also getting ready for changes. It has been planned that from 20 p.m. to 8 a.m. the pre-flight information to ground handling companies of the airport will be provided by e-mail by Vilnius Briefing Office. Upon request call made in advance to Vilnius Briefing Office, the pre-flight information will be sent by e-mail. Preparations are expected to ensure the required quality of services under provision.


Page updated: 2017-06-15






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