Transforming Lviv into an International Air Hub

  • Tebodin  Ukraine  Director  Valeriy  Levko
  • Transforming Lviv into an International Air Hub
Issue 11, March 2009.

Transforming Lviv into an International Air Hub

Despite the current global downturn these are exciting times for Lviv, thanks in large part to ambitious plans to develop the city’s infrastructure in order to meet the demands the growing tourist trade and burgeoning investment climate. One of the centre-piece projects of the current wave of citywide rejuvenation is the plan to develop Lviv’s airport into an international hub capable of accommodating the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to fly into the city for Euro 2012. The task of designing the new terminal and accompanying facilities has been entrusted to Dutch-based international engineering giant Tebodin, who won an open tender for the prestige design project at the end of 2008. They see the project as an important part of their operations in Ukraine, opening the way for further design initiatives focusing on the country’s huge air travel potential.

Growing international air traffic

In recent years Lviv’s once sleepy regional airport has started to experience higher and higher numbers of national and international passenger turnover. Daily flights to Vienna and regular services to England and Germany from Wizz Air are just some of the recent innovations to have altered the pace of life at the airport, and with other international carriers lining up to add Lviv to the schedules the need to radically expand the capacity of the airport has become inescapable.
Tebodin Ukraine Director Valeriy Levko explains that the company will be working with The Netherlands airport consultants (NACO) as they finalise their plans for the new passenger terminal. The final confirmed engineering plans for the new terminal building are scheduled to be ready by the end of June, comments Mr. Levko, adding that Tebodin’s designers are coordinating their plans with those for the extended runway itself as Lviv officials look to move their air transport facilities firmly into the 21st century.

Bringing Lviv Airport into the 21st Century

“The new terminal is designed to serve Lviv’s air travel needs from Euro 2012 on to 2020. It will have a capacity of 1 million passengers a year, or 1,000 passengers per peak hour,” explains Mr. Levko, adding that the current plans will allow for further expansion in the coming years as demand grows in the region. The new terminal will fall into the ‘C’ class of the international airport terminal ratings system, and will be similar in scope to other regional hubs like Bratislava and Krakow.
Tebodin’s plans also include an open parking area able to accommodate 900 vehicles and a multi-storey parking facility which can house a further 400 cars, representing a quantum leap in the airport’s capacity to accommodate passengers driving to Lviv from throughout West Ukraine. All this will be located close to the current airport site, within a few hundred metres of the current passenger terminal.

Fans of classical Stalinist imperial architecture need not despair over the arrival of a space age new terminal building, as the city’s iconic existing terminal building is likely to be preserved and incorporated into the larger new airport facilities. Mr. Levko confirms that the Soviet-era terminal building is likely to be involved in the city’s Euro 2012 plans, after which will be used as a VIP departure terminal for private jets or an aviation museum.

Developing airport expertise

Tebodin, which has been active in Ukraine for 16 years, was also the engineering consultancy behind plans for the new terminal building at Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport, something which has given them added credibility in the Ukrainians airport development market. As the country looks to improve its transport infrastructure, this may well lead to further commissions for the modernization of many of Ukraine’s regional airports. “The Kyiv project and cooperation with Japanese airport consulants has helped us develop our expertise and learn more about the issues surrounding how a modern terminal should function. It has also helped us develop ideas on how to merge together Ukrainian standards and specifics with international requirements,” concludes Mr. Levko, adding that for Tebodin’s Lviv office, the airport contract is a source of great pride and professional satisfaction.