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Outline of the future airport (image: Tallinn Airport)

Tallinn Airport to expand and build ‘airport city’

TLL wants to more than double the size of its capacity, while also building 150,000sqm of office and accommodation.

A new vision of Tallinn Airport by the year 2035 has been revealed, including an expansion of the passenger terminal so it can cope with up to 6 million passengers, plus the construction of an “airport city”.

This long-term development vision is designed to give direction to the future development of the whole of the Ülemiste district surrounding the airport.

TLL says that the need for expansion is based on constant increases in the number of passengers. The current terminal was built for 2.6 million passengers and the 3 million passenger mark was crossed last year.

In the past five years alone, passenger numbers have risen by 50%, or one million people.

“If we want to maintain our status as the best airport in Europe, in addition to all other conveniences and services, we also have to ensure good throughput of passengers, ensuring the timely departure of flights,” argues Piret Mürk-Dubout, Tallinn Airport chairman of the board.

She was likely referring to Airports Council International recognising TLL with its Best European Airport 2018 award for airports with up to five million passengers, beating contenders such as Cork, London City and Torino.

Double the gates
If all goes to plan, by 2035 the terminal will be able to serve 6 to 8 million passengers per year. The terminal area will be nearly three times larger, reaching to 85,000sqm instead of the current 34,000sqm. The number of passenger gates will double, from 13 to 26.

“We will begin with the design and expansion of the most critical facilities this year – including the expansion of border control, baggage handling and additional waiting areas,” board member Einari Bambus explains.

“We will also expand the pre-flight security area and work with the police and border guard board in order to implement automatic border control.”

Also by 2035, up to 150,000sqm of office and accommodation space is planned on the airport’s land, mainly for catering to passengers, “facilitating business and conference tourism and making it possible to earn additional income”, the airport says. Construction work is planned in stages.

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