Tallinn Airport voted third best in Europe, ninth best in the world

According to the airport guide, Sleeping in Airports, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport 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 2016 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; and cleanliness.

“The best airports in the world are those that truly dazzle and delight. Efficient, clean, fun, friendly, creative, comfortable, easy,” Sleeping in Airports said.

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According to the guide, Estonia’s Tallinn Airport “is proof that good things really do come in small packages”. “Extremely comfortable and clean, and very well organised, Tallinn Airport makes travellers feel truly at home. The easy layout, modern facilities, cafes, comfortable chairs, free sleep pods, free Wi-Fi and short queues combine to make this one of Europe’s best airports.”

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Munich International Airport in Germany took the top spot in Europe and Singapore’s Changi International was crowned the overall winner globally.

Top 10 best airports in Europe, based on overall airport experience as determined by voters on Sleeping in Airports 2016 airport survey

  1. Munich International Airport, Germany (MUC)
  2. Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Finland (HEL)
  3. Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (TLL)
  4. Zürich Kloten International Airport, Switzerland (ZRH)
  5. Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Portugal (OPO)
  6. Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, Denmark (CPH)
  7. Vienna International Airport, Austria (VIE)
  8. Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Greece (ATH)
  9. Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands (AMS)
  10. Dublin International Airport, Ireland (DUB)

The guide added that travellers also loved Tallinn Airport’s unique features, like the library and the public announcements performed by jazz and opera singers. “All this is made even better when you realise you can move through the entire airport in as little time as 10 minutes. Because of its size, late-night departures and long layovers are limited, so its facilities for overnight or layover passengers likely don’t compare to other global airports.”

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Top 10 best airports in the world, based on overall airport experience as determined by voters on Sleeping in Airports 2016 airport survey

  1. Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore (SIN)
  2. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea (ICN)
  3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Japan (HND)
  4. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan (TPE)
  5. Munich International Airport, Germany (MUC)
  6. Osaka Kansai International Airport, Japan (KIX)
  7. Vancouver International Airport, Canada (YVR)
  8. Helsinki Airport, Finland (HEL)
  9. Tallinn International Airport, Estonia (TLL)
  10. Zürich Kloten International Airport, Switzerland (ZRH)


Cover: Tallinn Airport from the air. Photo by Tomas Branco (images courtesy of Tallinn Airport.)

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Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and politics and society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.