MIAMI – Lithuania’s Šiauliai International Airport (SQQ) is on its way to becoming an important gateway for aviation in Eastern Europe.
The airport has been undergoing rapid works the past few years to transform it into a multi-purpose airport serving Passenger traffic, freight movement, and an MRO facility.
“Our energetic and ambitious country is constantly striving to attract investors who would create high added value and well-paid jobs. Aircraft ️ conversions are a particularly promising activity, so I have no doubt that Lithuania and Šiauliai will soon be in the eyes of aviation business representatives,” says Aurelija Kuezada, SQQ CEO.
Next Potential Cargo Hub and MRO
MRO Aviatic, which is presently based out of SQQ, currently works on the Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 classic, and NG series. The company will invest nearly LTL 20 million in an aircraft conversion hangar in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries which is expected to be ready in 2022. Once established, it will offer up to one thousand jobs.
A. Kuezada further stated that “Šiauliai International Airport will not only become an aircraft conversion center in the near future but is also ready to accept various cargoes after the completion of the airport infrastructure renewal. We have a veterinary warehouse, so animals can be transported from our airport, and we also have a warehouse with a thermoregulatory regime, which is necessary for the transport of perishable foodstuffs and flowers.”
“As a result of the pandemic, as people began to shop more online, the demand for parcel delivery capacity also increased. the aviation cargo segment is probably the only one to maintain a moderate growth trend due to the pandemic. With the aircraft conversion center in Šiauliai, Lithuania will be an attractive participant in the aviation business.”
Šiaulių international airport hosts the longest runway within the Baltic States. Additionally, with the ever-growing trend in E-commerce and freight movement along with an MRO and aircraft conversion center in place, major cargo carriers such as FedEx (FX), DHL Group, UPS (5X), Cargolux (CV), Lufthansa (LH), Turkish (TK) and several others can definitely eye SQQ as a potential cargo hub.
The airport is open to new investors and currently offers nearly 3.5 ha of plots for rent.
Featured image: Šiauliai Airport runway. Photo: Unspecified, GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons