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The reconstruction of Vilnius Airport's runway on target for completion by August 18

Vilnius Airport reports that work is progressing well on the reconstruction of its runway, which will re-open for traffic as scheduled on August 18.

According to airport director, Olaf Martens, the contractors have already strengthened the ground around the runway, replaced the old runway pavement with the new one and started installing drainage and rainwater collection systems.

“The halfway point of the reconstruction, which will last for 35 days in total, has passed and we have already done most of the work," he said.

'The paving of the runway is completed. Of course, we still have a lot of work to do during the remaining days. But everything is going according to our plans.

"We even managed to finish several tasks faster than planned and create an additional time buffer. This allows us to be sure that we will be able to return to Vilnius on time. We are glad to announce that because this is a unique project of national importance."

In addition to replacing the old pavement, the project involves reinforcing its foundation, installing new drainage and rainwater collection systems as well as reconstructing the runway's lighting control system.

In total, 100km of power cables, 240 inspection manholes and 1,000 lights will be installed and 180,000m² of asphalt laid.

Kaunas Airport will continue to temporarily handle Vilnius Airport's traffic until Lithuania's capital city airport re-opens in 2 weeks.

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