Some of the world’s largest airport operators are interested in managing Lithuania’s airports, with global players including Ferrovial and Vinci Group expressing interest in the airports concession.
Vilnius Airport
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Lithuanian airports director Gediminas Almantas said Lithuanian authorities had already had a number of meetings with Fraport, which runs Frankfurt and another 24 airports around the world, and with MAG (Manchester) airport group which visited Lithuania - they manage four airports in the UK and operate two airports in the United States.

Ferrovial Group, which manages London's Heathrow airport, Vinci Group which operates 33 airports around the world, Avialliance and Egis Group have all expressed a serious interest in the concession, he said.

"Our group is constantly looking for opportunities around the world, and we take very seriously the opportunity to participate in Lithuanian airports concession tender. It will allow to use our experience to create a common development strategy to increase the number of routes, the country's accessibility and improve airport infrastructure,” Vinci Group president Nicolas Notebaert told 15min.t.

Vinci Group, which operates in 100 countries, owns 33 airports and employs 185,000 people, has recently won the tender for the concession to manage two new airports in Japan

He said the company was interested in Lithuania and development in the region.

“We are already working in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Lithuania and the region is really interesting for us. Our activity is not only in airport concessions - it's construction, road engineering, and energy,” he said.

“We want to come, not only as an operator, but also as a long-term investor and partner. Countries where we work very clearly feel the benefits of such cooperation. At the moment we are among the world's top five airport operators,” Notebaert said.

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