“Aviation amateur ranks are expanding rapidly not only globally but also in Lithuania, which means that they need to have a place to conveniently observe ascending and descending planes is growing. The emergence of this site will not only be a symbolic event for us and a long-awaited gift to the citizens, but also a contribution to the life of the aviation community”, says Dainius Ciuplys, head of Vilnius Airport.
A convenient location for the site, which is raised above the ground and will also be accessible to the disabled, is planned to be set up next to the Salininkai Gardens, right behind the fence of Vilnius Airport, where everyone can enter. The location of the site was chosen considering both the technical capabilities and the best view for its visitors as airplanes ascend and descend very close to the site and the runway of the airport is visible very clearly.
Next to this plane spotting site, the Vilnius City Municipality will also set up a children's playground.
The airport plane spotting site access will be included in the overall airport security system, will be constantly monitored by cameras for the safety of the visitors themselves, and will be supervised by regular security patrols.
The English term plane spotting refers to the hobby of watching airplanes taking off, landing or taxiing on the ground. The global phenomenon has long attracted not only aspiring people looking for extraordinary views and observing planes without a purpose but also professional aviation enthusiasts or photographers. The latter can spend a long time on the spot, trying to capture the most interesting moment and then to share it with their peers and exchange information.