We are proud to announce that the 3rd Life Sciences Baltics Forum will take place on 14-15 September 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Forum is the only one of it’s kind in the Baltic and Nordic regions, drawing world-class biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical devices experts from all around the world. The 2016 Forum, organised once again by Enterprise Lithuania, is expected to bring together 1,300 life sciences experts from more than 40 countries.
The main goal of the forum is to increase awareness of the region`s incredible talent and potential by networking and exchanging best practices. Life Sciences Baltics 2016 will serve as an excellent opportunity to meet major business and science stakeholders in the field of life sciences and to learn more about the latest industry trends and funding opportunities.
The agenda for this year’s edition of the Forum includes international conferences and seminars, B2B partnership events, company visits, start-up pitch sessions for investors and an extensive programme of social events.
July 14 - August 18, 2017 Vilnius Airport will be carrying out reconstruction of the runway. Aircrafts will not be landing in Vilnius during the specified period, and communication with Lithuania will be ensured through other air gateways - most of the airlines are planning to move their flights to Kaunas and Palanga for this period.
The runway at Vilnius Airport will be fully reconstructed. Dating back to 1958, last time the runway was reconstructed 20 years ago. Because of some specific works, it will be not possible to carry out everything during the night time only, without affecting flights - high-quality works will require a little more than a month’s time.
The best time for reconstruction has been chosen considering various factors, as the majority of the works require higher air temperature with as little precipitation as possible. For this reason, the analysis of weather conditions in 2012-2014 has been carried out indicating that the least rainy days occur exactly in the selected July-August period. Some preparatory works not affecting the flights and taking around 3-4 months will start in spring already.
While preparing for reconstruction, Lithuanian Airports carried out an airlines survey revealing that 13 out of 15 airlines, currently operating in the capital, are going to move their flights from Vilnius to other Lithuanian cities.
‘We are emphasising that currently airlines are not stating anything officially, however, their intentions are rather optimistic. We are actively communicating with airlines, planning changes in the infrastructure and trying to make the reconstruction period as easy and convenient for both the airlines and passengers as possible’, - says Artūras Stankevičius, director of Vilnius Airport.
It is expected that Vilnius Airport is going to welcome almost 4,350 flights with over 400 thousand passengers during 14 July - 18 August 2017. Based on the current data, 77 per cent of these flights and 90 per cent of passengers will be moved to other cities.
Kaunas Airport is planning to build an additional temporary infrastructure in order to provide the best service for so many passengers. The additional infrastructure will consist of an arrival terminal, a departure terminal with areas for check-in, aviation security screening, the State Border Guard services, Customs, boarding gates and other typical airport areas. It is also planned to expand parking lots and arrange temporary parking areas. In 2016 a reconstruction of the existing ramp of Kaunas Airport will be carried out thus providing the sufficient number of aircraft parking stands. Palanga Airport will serve more passengers without an additional infrastructure.
The first preparatory works will already start next year. The runway will be reconstructed step by step. After the reconstruction ends, some completion works will be carried our until the middle of October without affecting flights.