Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport

The primary airport in Estonia, EETN Tallinn, serves as the hub for Estonian national airline Nordica and is also a secondary hub for several airlines, including Air Baltic, LOT Polish Airlines, and cargo airline Airest. It serves flights both internationally and domestically.

Airport history

Construction of the airport began in November 1931, and it was officially opened on September 20th, 1936, although it had been operational beforehand. LOT Polish Airlines had already been using the airport since 1935. The runways in Estonia were initially very soft, which meant that only seaplanes stationed in the nearby Lake Ülemiste were able to carry out flights in spring and summer. At the same time, light aircraft could land on the frozen lake in winter. The concrete runways of EETN Tallinn were the first in Estonia and allowed for takeoffs and landings in six directions. Prior to WWII, the airport was used by Aerotransport, Luftansa, LOT, and Finnish airline Aero (present-day Finnair). In 1940, the Soviet Union occupied Estonia, and the airport was transferred to the Soviet Armed Forces. In 1941 Estonia was occupied by Germany, and regular international flights were restored. Between 1945 and 1989, the Soviet Union controlled Estonia, and only Aeroflot used the airport. In 1954 a new passenger terminal was completed using Stalinist architecture. Construction of the current terminal building began in 1976 and was completed in 1980, intended to serve a growing number of passengers. The first cargo terminal was constructed between 1997 and 1998, while the passenger terminal building was modernized in 1999, only to be greatly expanded in 2008.

Airport location

The airport is located 2.7 nautical miles (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) southeast of the center of Tallinn on the eastern shore of Lake Ülemiste. 

Airport facts

  • The airport museum is located in a small building near the passenger terminal, and there are plans for an outdoor open-air exhibition area, which will be larger. 
  • The airport currently features one passenger terminal and four cargo terminals. The passenger terminal is constructed in a T-shape and can handle 2.8 million passengers annually. 
  • Following the death of then-Estonian president Lennart Meri on the 14th of March, 2006 it was proposed to name the airport after him. 
  • From the airport's website: "Tallinn Airport will never be the largest airport in the world, but size doesn't always matter. Our aim and desire is to be the coziest airport in the world, being comfortable for both passengers and planes."

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