Tallinn Airport

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Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport or Ülemiste Airport (IATA: TLL, ICAO: EETN; Estonian: Lennart Meri Tallinna lennujaam) is the largest airport in Estonia and home base of the national airline Estonian Air. Tallinn Airport is open to both domestic and international flights. It is located approximately 4 kilometers from the centre of Tallinn on the eastern shore of Lake Ülemiste.

The airport has a single asphalt-concrete runway that is 3070 meters long and 45 meters wide (large enough to handle wide-bodied aircraft such as the Boeing 747), five taxiways and fourteen terminal gates.

The airport has also seen military use as an interceptor aircraft base. It was home to 384 IAP (384th Interceptor Aircraft Regiment) which flew MiG-23P aircraft.

Since March 29, 2009 the airport is officially known as Lennart Meri Tallinn International Airport, in honour of the late Estonian diplomat and former president Lennart Meri.[2]

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History

The building of Tallinn Airport started in 1932, and the airport was opened officially on 20 September 1936, although it had been operational a good while before the official opening. Before World War II, Tallinn Airport had regular connections to abroad by at least Lufthansa, LOT and the Finnish company Aero (now Finnair). Between 1945 and 1989, Aeroflot was the only airline that served Tallinn Airport. Regular flights with jet planes started in 1962. A new terminal building was built in the late 1970 and the runway was also lengthened then. The first foreign airline that did regular flights from Tallinn after World War II was SAS in the autumn of 1989. The terminal building was completely modernised in 1999 and greatly expanded in 2008.

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