Tallinn Airport has entered into a design and construction contract for the extension to the southern end of the passenger terminal with public procurement winner OÜ Astlanda Ehitus. The contract is valued at more than 5 million euros, with work due for completion by the end of 2017.
The project will see the southern end of the terminal building widened and extended, providing more space for security control, a larger area of reception rooms for visitors and a new restaurant with a viewing terrace overlooking the runway. Rooms needed to service the airport will also be constructed.
Tõnu Mühle, the director of infrastructure development at Tallinn Airport, says the construction work will have to be divided into two stages due to Estonia now assuming the presidency of the European Union sooner than expected. “The areas for passengers will be constructed first, then the other rooms that are needed and the infrastructure supporting the airport’s main activities,” he explained.
For the arrival next June of the first visitors coming to Estonia because of its EU presidency, Mühle says construction work will hopefully have reached a stage where the passenger terminal has been expanded and further construction will not significantly affect travellers. The construction work must be completed in full by the end of 2017.