Tallinn Airport among ten best in the world

According to the airport guide, Sleeping in Airports, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (TLL) is the third best airport in Europe and the ninth best in the world, based on the overall experience determined by travellers who had taken the site’s 2017 airport survey.

In the annual survey, the guide asked travellers to rate airports worldwide based on their overall airport experience. People ranked their experiences on comfort; services, facilities and things to do; food options; immigration and security; customer service; navigation and ease of transit; cleanliness; and last but not least – sleepability.

“The best airports in the world are the ones that inspire you to book a trip based on the receiving airport alone. From ultra-efficient processes to friendly staff and a wide array of activities you never thought you’d find in an airport, these airports become a memorable part of any trip,” the guide said, adding that the best airports were continuously working to improve. “We’re constantly seeing new developments and ideas come to life, creating a more spectacular travel experience than we thought possible.”

Like a living room

Sleeping in Airports said that, of all the airports voted onto its list of best airports in Europe, Tallinn gathered the biggest number of comments. “Voters wrote in with praise for the world’s ‘coziest’ (and perhaps most inventive) airport. It sounds as though TLL has put particular effort into surprising travellers lately – with locally-themed gates, children reading the airport announcements, and seating made from local fabrics.” Travellers also took delight at the airport book exchange. Just recently, Tallinn became the first airport in Europe to feature a gym within the airport terminal – that also has views onto the runway.

“In general, the consensus among voters is that waiting here is very similar to waiting for a flight in your own home or living room,” the guide said. “The different areas look like they could be your living room, or a cafe in a hip part of town. All gate areas reflect different aspects of Estonia, so you learn and admire even while at the airport arriving or departing,” one survey respondent was reported as saying.

However, the voters wished Tallinn Airport connected to more cities. The lack of flight connections is a well-known issue in Estonia and a constant headache for domestic travellers, many of whom are forced to use the airports in Helsinki and Riga, the capitals of Finland and Latvia respectively, instead.

The airport guide concluded that all in all, the Tallinn Airport proves that bigger isn’t always better – “and that a little bit of love goes a very long way”.

Top 10 best airports in Europe

  1. Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Finland
  2. Munich International Airport, Germany
  3. Tallinn International Airport, Estonia
  4. Zurich Kloten International Airport, Switzerland
  5. Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands
  6. Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden
  7. Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, Denmark
  8. Dublin International Airport, Ireland
  9. Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Portugal
  10. Vienna International Airport, Austria

Top 10 worst airports in Europe

  1. Heraklion International Airport, Greece
  2. Rhodes International Airport, Greece
  3. Paris Beauvais–Tillé, France
  4. Santorini National Airport, Greece
  5. Cluj International Airport, Romania
  6. Rome Ciampino International Airport, Italy
  7. London Luton Airport, United Kingdom
  8. Chania International Airport, Greece, Greece
  9. Berlin Schönefeld Airport, Germany
  10. Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany

Top 10 best airports in the world

  1. Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore
  2. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea
  3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan
  4. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Finland
  5. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
  6. Vancouver International Airport, Canada
  7. Tokyo Narita International Airport, Japan
  8. Munich International Airport, Germany
  9. Tallinn International Airport, Estonia (TLL)
  10. Zürich Kloten International Airport, Switzerland (ZRH)

Top 10 worst airports in the world

  1. Juba International Airport, South Sudan
  2. Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia
  3. Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria
  4. Crete Heraklion International Airport, Greece
  5. Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria
  6. Santorini Thira National Airport, Greece
  7. Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania
  8. Rhodes International Airport, Greece
  9. Paris Beauvais-Tille Airport, France
  10. Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan

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Cover: Gate 5 at Tallinn Airport (images courtesy of Tallinn Airport.)

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