The two-year-long construction activities at the Tallinn Airport’s flight traffic area are nearing their end, and the closures of runways for night-time construction activities have ended. From today, Tallinn Airport is utilising a modern and environmentally sustainable airport lighting system, which ensures better visibility for pilots in case of poor weather conditions and increases the regularity of flights.
Last year, the night-time flight traffic restrictions were enforced from 2 May until 16 November; this year, the runway was closed on five nights per week from 4 April until the start of October.
Einar Bambus, the Operations Director of Tallinn Airport, says that the large-scale flight traffic area construction works did not significantly impact on the planned flight traffic. “The night-time closure of the runway affected a total of 10 flights over the period of two years but, at the same time, over 24,000 flight operations were performed during the same period,” Bambus noted. “We would like to thank passengers for their understanding, and we apologise to those whose travel plans were affected by our construction works,” Bambus added.
During the construction works, which cost a total of 34 million euros, the existing runway’s 20-year-old cover constructions were reconstructed, the runway was extended to a length of 3,480 metres, and the taxiway and aircraft platform system were repaired. The objective of the development project was to increase the flight safety level of Tallinn Airport, to improve the environmentally sustainable and effective operation of the airport, and to reduce the adverse effect of the airport infrastructure on the surrounding environment through the improvement of the environmental condition of the airport.
To improve the environmental condition, an additional aircraft de-icing area was built in the eastern part of the airport, environmentally compliant snow-melting sites were built, snow-melting water extraction and monitoring systems were built, and a proper engine testing area was constructed.
The construction works were performed by Lemminkäinen Eesti AS as the main contractor, and half of the cost of the construction will be covered by resources from the European Union Cohesion Fund.
The development of the flight traffic area will continue in 2019-2020, when additional aircraft ramps and southward taxiways will be built at the airport, and construction will also continue on the support facilities that reduce the environmental impacts.