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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Airport In Tallinn Remodels

Tallinn Airport will move closer to modernization in October when it completes phase one of a reconstruction project expected to boost capacity to as much as 2 million passengers a year and allow accommodation of airplanes weighing 250 tons, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the $14.2 million project includes extending runways, laying new and repairing existing taxi roads, refitting the runway-lighting system and building a new power substation, according to Einari Pambuk, the official in charge of the project for Estonian Airport.

Work began in July of last year, Pambuk told the news agency. The second phase, slated to cost more than $3 million, should see a refitting of the passenger terminal by January or February 1996, he said.

The electrical infrastructure of the terminal will be upgraded, including communications, lighting, information and security services.

The airport has seen passenger turnover plummet in recent years, from 600,000 to 800,000 passengers annually after the republic gained independence in 1991 to just 250,000 today.