Helsinki Airport development continues

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FEB 24, 2015: Finavia Corporation is carrying out extensive improvements at Helsinki Airport. In order to maintain the highest level of aviation safety, it will renovate the airport’s main runway during the summer. The investment is part of Finavia’s 900 million euro development programme, aiming to strengthen Helsinki Airport’s position as the leading transfer airport in Northern Europe.

The runway renovated is the oldest runway at Helsinki Airport. It was taken into use in 1952 when the airport was opened for traffic. The runways are on heavy use since there are around 550 operations, that is take-offs and landings, at Helsinki Airport every day.

In 2014, World Economic Forum ranked Finland’s air transport infrastructure as the fifth best in the world. Runway renovation will strengthen this position, as well as improve Finavia’s ability to maintain the aviation safety at the highest level.In addition to Helsinki Airport, Finavia is renovating runways at Ivalo, Vaasa and Kittilä airports.

In order to strengthen Helsinki Airport’s position as the leading hub in Northern Europe, Finavia has launched an extensive development programme continuing until 2020. The plan is to increase the airport’s transfer traffic capacity by terminal extension. Extending the terminal under one roof allows Helsinki Airport to maintain its competitive advantages, such as short distances and easily accessible services. The aim is to serve 20 million yearly passengers in 2020.

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