Austria's Flughafen Wien AG announced (15-Sep-2010) plans to commence maintenance work on Terminal 2 at Vienna International Airport from 20-Sep-2010 presumably to the end of Aug-2011. The airport operator stated there will be slight changes for passengers during this period, but operations in the area will generally proceed without limitation. The maintenance project is focused primarily on the re-insulation of the roof to improve energy efficiency and to also work on the the roof structure. In addition, preparatory work will also be carried out to allow for a direct link to the terminal expansion VIE-Skylink when operations start. [more]
Flughafen Wien AG begins maintenance work on Vienna Airport's T2
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