TLL beat other airports in the category such as Cork, London City and Torino by making big investments.
Airports Council International has recognised Tallinn with its Best European Airport 2018 award for airports with up to five million passengers, beating others in Cork, London City, Torino, Kosovo and Chisinau.
The ambitious objective at TLL is to be the most convenient aerial gateway for passengers and airlines in Northern Europe, according to Piret Mürk-Dubout, chairman of the board.
“The award is a great recognition for the airport team, as despite the largest construction activities we’ve ever seen we managed to grow passenger numbers by nearly 19% and ensure convenient and smooth service and security for the passengers,” she said on receiving the award.
The ACI jury said it recognised the cooperation of the airport with different partners and air carriers, highlighting the introduction of Estonia as a destination and promoting air services in cooperation with the rest of Estonia.
Tallinn Airport says it has made significant investments in improving the safety of operations and convenience of passengers, totalling €130 million up until 2020.
The biggest construction project was launched in 2016, when the runway surface was replaced and the runway extended by 410 metres.
Also new VIP facilities, a new security check area and transport terminal were completed last year and a tram route between the airport and city centre was opened. TLL sees around three million passengers a year and this summer season has flights to 41 direct destinations.
“Well-considered connections are crucial for the whole of Estonian society, and above all its economy,” Mürk-Dubout said. “The contribution of Tallinn Airport to Estonia’s economic growth is almost 3% of GDP, but we are seeing much bigger potential here, primarily by increasing the number of entrepreneurs as passengers.”