In order to upgrade the runway and its infrastructure, Riga Airport has signed the design agreement for development of a technical project. The airport is planning to renovate the runway pavement and strengthen the runway strip, upgrade the runway lighting system in conformity with the international standards, build additional taxiways and reconstruct the apron.
The plans also include building of aircraft anti-icing platforms, reconstruction of the storm water and underground drainage system, building of a new hangar for washing of the airfield service vehicles and another one for collection of waste.
„This project is of vital importance to the airport for several reasons: first, the runway will have to be certified on 2013. Second, we must increase the runway capacity as much as possible that can be achieved by constructing rapid exit taxiways,” explained Arnis Luhse, Chairman of the Board of Riga International Airport.
„Thinking of the environment, a significant improvement will be gained by constructing a new waste collection hangar and anti-icing platforms,” added A.Luhse.
For the project „Development of Infrastructure of Riga International Airport” co-financed from the EU Cohesion Fund the technical project documentation will be drafted by the general partnership NAMS/COWI Latvia/Aviaplan.
Project development works are to be completed by the end of November 2011. In the years 2012 – 2013, according to the project, the building and reconstruction works will take place.
The total costs of the project amount to 66 945 228 lats, of which 41 114 034 lats will be co-financed from the EU Cohesion Fund.