Improvement of the environment and aviation safety of the Tallinn Airport airside area
Project no: 2014-2020.10.01.003.01.15-00
The development project is aimed at improving the aviation safety of Tallinn Airport, increasing the efficient and eco-friendly handling of the airport and mitigating the adverse effect of the airport’s infrastructure on the surrounding environment through the improvement of the airport’s environmental status.
The construction works of stage I at the Tallinn Airport airside area that lasted for two years were completed on 1 November 2017. Since November 2016, the runway of Tallinn Airport is the longest in the Baltics – 3480 metres, and from November 2017, a modern and eco-friendly lighting system is in use at the airfield of Tallinn Airport. The new LED-technology based lighting of the airfield ensures better visibility for pilots in poor weather conditions and a more regular flight schedule.
In order to improve the environmental status of Tallinn Airport, a new sustainable de-icing area for aircraft was established to the east of the airfield, environmentally compatible snow-melting areas and systems for monitoring and redirecting snowmelt water were built; a system for redirecting rainwater and de-icing fluids was established in the eastern and southern areas of the airport and an area for testing engines corresponding to noise and environmental requirements will be created.
Within the project, the runway and taxiways were extended, the 20-year-old surface cover of the current runway was reconstructed and the system of taxiways and apron areas improved. Under the project, the navigation lighting systems of the runway and taxiways were replaced with energy-efficient and eco-friendly systems and higher category navigation systems (CAT II) were installed. To ensure compliance with EASA regulations, the soil in the safe area of the runway was reinforced.
To improve the safety of operations, a manoeuvring and stand-by area for airfield maintenance equipment was constructed and maintenance equipment will be purchased for the established infrastructure. Patrol roads and perimeter fence systems were built around the reconstructed areas to meet the security requirements. Within the project activities, additional maintenance and rescue equipment will be bought for the maintenance of the renewed facilities of Tallinn Airport.
The construction works and purchase of maintenance equipment are co-funded from the EU Coherence Fund and the European Commission has issued state aid permission for the project. The total eligible cost of the development project is up to 70 million euro, of which 50% is co-financed from the Cohesion Fund.
The construction works of the airside area will be carried out in two stages – in 2016-2017 and 2019-2020. The first stage of construction works was carried out by Lemminkäinen Eesti AS and owner supervision – FIDIC engineering service – was provided by Taalri Varahaldus AS.
The development of the airside area will continue in 2019-2020, when additional aircraft waiting areas and a southern taxiway will be built and the construction of support facilities mitigating the environmental impact will continue (construction stage II).