The Airports Council International (ACI) recognised Tallinn Airport with the Best European Airport 2018 award. The high award was received in a competition of airports with up to 5 million passengers, overtaking the airports of Cork, London City, Torino, Kosovo and Chisnau.
According to Piret Mürk-Dubout, Chairman of the Management Board at Tallinn Airport, the objective of Tallinn Airport is to be the most convenient aerial gateway for the passengers and air carriers in Northern Europe. “The award is a great recognition for the airport team, as despite the largest construction activities of all time, we managed to grow the number of passengers by nearly 19 per cent, ensure convenient and smooth service and security for the passengers.”
The jury recognised the cooperation of the airport with different partners and air carriers, highlighting the introducing of Estonia as a destination and promoting the air service in cooperation with the EE.
“Well-considered connections are crucial for the entire Estonian society, above all its economy. The contribution of Tallinn Airport into Estonia’s economic growth makes almost three per cent of GDP, but we are seeing a much bigger potential here, primarily by increasing the number of entrepreneurs as passengers. Accordingly, growing the number of connections to major destinations is an important direction in the activity of the entire airport team,” Piret Mürk-Dubout said.
Tallinn Airport has made extensive investments into improving the safety of operations and convenience of passengers; altogether 130 million euros is to be invested until the year 2020. The biggest construction project over the past decades was launched in 2016, when the surface covering of the runway was replaced in full length and the runway was extended by 410 metres. Last year, also the new VIP facilities, security check area, transport terminal were completed, and a tram route between the airport and city centre was opened for the passengers.
The airport is the biggest aerial gateway of the Estonian state, through which nearly 3 million people pass each year and through which it is possible to fly to over 41 direct destinations all over the world this summer season.