AS Tallinna Lennujaam, the operator of Tallinn’s airport, signed a €24m loan agreement with the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) on Friday to complete its expanded airside traffic area as well as other extensions of the airport.
The agreement was signed for a period of 13 years as part of the airport’s ongoing expansion and development program. AS Tallinna Lennujaam will invest €127m in development projects between 2016 and 2020, of which 70 million are eligible for funding from the European Union cohesion fund.
The fund will contribute €35m, while the remainder of the funds will be obtained through equity finance and loans from the Nordic and European investment banks, among others.
The airside traffic area project will improve the airport’s infrastructure capacity and minimize its impact on the environment. A new parking garage for up to 1,200 vehicles is also planned. An aircraft painting hangar to be built on the airport’s grounds will support the development of business segments important to AS Tallinna Lennujaam.
“NIB has financed the development of several airports in the Nordic-Baltic region. Large infrastructure investments such as these require long-term funding. The expansion of Tallinn Airport will help Estonia to continue developing its international ties and bring more business opportunities to the country”, Gunnar Okk, Vice-President of NIB, said in a press release.
“The investment programme will help the airport to prepare for future growth opportunities. We are investing to provide a better service to our customers and to increase the passenger terminal’s capacity during peak hours, while ensuring the sustainability of operations at Tallinn Airport”, CEO of AS Tallinna Lennujaam, Piret Mürk-Dubout, was quoted saying.
AS Tallinna Lennujaam is the state-owned company that operates the Lennart Meri Tallinn International Airport as well as six regional airports in Estonia. In 2015, Tallinn Airport served 2.2 million passengers, with carriers providing air routes to 32 destinations.
The Nordic Investment Bank is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries, namely Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries.
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