The history of Lviv Airport

Lviv Airport was built between 1923 and 1928 when the city was being developed as an aviation hub. New logistics aircraft were introduced between 1946 and 1959. The airport building dates back to 1950 and, from 1996 onward, the airport became the major air cargo hub of western Ukraine. The state took over ownership of Lviv Airport in 2007. Since then, it has been operated by the Ukrainian Ministry of Transport. In 2011, Lviv Airport served 296 900 passengers, a decline of 38 % from 2010. Passenger imtraffic is expected to exceed 3.7 million by 2020.

Expansion project at Lviv International Airport

The airport’s existing infrastructure was insufficient to accommodate international flights.

The $ 200 million reconstruction project involved resurfacing and extending the existing runway by 700 m, as well as reconstruction work which included work on taxiways, the construction of 200 undercover car parking spaces and 1000 open parking spaces, as well as a hotel complex to accommodate 1200 people. The completion of the terminal took around two years. Work started on a new terminal building in September 2009. The total cost of the new terminal is $ 114 million.

Lviv International Airport today

Lviv Airport’s new terminal building has an area of 48 320 m² and can handle about 2000 passengers an hour. The airport building itself consists of two areas of different sizes: the main passenger and technological part and the communications and assistance gallery. Technical reserve areas and service offices are housed in the gallery. The commercial part of this section in the terminal occupies 1083 m², and airline offices occupy 627 m². The airport aims to serve class A, B, C and D (such as the Boeing 767) aircraft.

The new terminal at Lviv International Airport meets international architectural, construction and technical standards as well as requirements of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and recommendations of the International Air Transport Association, IATA. The interior of the airport was decorated in Ukrainian ethno style.

R&M solutions

As part of the state enterprise “Directorate of Building EURO 2012 Facilities in Lviv”, Synergia SE implemented R&M structured cabling systems at Lviv International Airport. There were optical and copper cables with a protocol performance of 10 GbE: in total 138 km of copper cable and 17 km of optic cable. Cat. 6A/s ISO was chosen for copper transmission and 2185 copper ports were installed. High-density HD panels were widely used for the first time in Ukraine. MPO Modules 6XLC-Quad were also installed (32 modules with connection cables). With R&M VARIOline fiber optic cabling, OM3 with LC connectors were used as well. Furthermore, 846 optical ports were installed.

Technology based on the VS Standard with a total capacity of 11 000 pairs was implemented to create a fit-for-purpose system (loud-speaker system etc.). UniRack, optical coupling LC, Venus boxes and optical cables from R&M were used to establish the optical connections from remote terminal facilities. R&M’s passive safety security system was implemented to solve problems of cable management and security.

It was a very important project for our company. We had very strict requirements and we needed absolutely reliable partners. It was a pleasant and effective combination. – Swiss quality from R&M, the service from Synergia, exclusive distributor of R&M solutions in Ukraine, and our professionalism and experience. – And the result is one of the best projects in Ukraine in 2012. It was a real success.

Alexander Stepanchuk, IT Director of Altis Holding

Altis Holding Corp. – general contractor for the new terminal

The general contractor for the new terminal is Altis Holding Corp., a major partner of Synergia SE. Altis Holding Corp. was founded in 2002 as a management structure for the group and the basic contract holder on general contract terms. The Altis Holding group consists of 14 enterprises. They cover a wide spectrum of services for construction and production such as general contracting, designing and engineering, a full spectrum of IT services, planning and installation of plates and foundations, installation of roads and external engineering communications, production of aluminum constructions, among other things.