Helsinki Airport, which launched a development program in spring 2014 with the aim of a major improvement in the airport’s services, facilities, and traffic arrangements, strengthens its competitive position among the big European airports.
The 64-year-old airport is going through its seventh expansion project with heavy investments. The overall budget for the project is 900 million euros.
In Europe, the Helsinki Airport has the most routes to Japan and comes in fifth in the number of Asian departures in a week. Currently the Chinese are already one of the biggest groups of passengers that pass through the Helsinki Airport, and the number of Chinese nationals visiting the airport increased by 100,000 from 2014.
The airport’s direct routes fly people to 135 destinations around the world. In addition to the extensive connection network, the airport prides itself with one of Europe’s best service quality.
The Helsinki Airport’s already Scandinavian style will be highlighted through the renovations. A multitude of services, such as free Wi-Fi, art galleries, and sleeping pods will also be available.
The Helsinki Airport has a wide range of shops, restaurants, and cafes that make it not just a quick transit hub, but rather a place where each day numerous passengers from around the world can relax and look for facilities and services to pass time in between flights. By 2020, the Helsinki Airport expects to provide services for 20 million passengers annually.
In 2015, the airport went through its largest service revamp to date as 70 totally new or renewed cafés, restaurants and shops were opened. The airport has a very high reliability record in baggage handling, transfer flights, short in-transit times, as well as the so called “snow-how” knowledge.
The current major renovation project will be carried out gradually. The terminal areas will be increased by 45 percent and the capacity for baggage handling by 50 percent. In June 2016, the waiting area for non-Schengen will be expanded and the capacity of the border and transit passenger controls will be increased.