Helsinki receives €15m upgrade

Finavia has launched a massive €15 million renovation programme of Helsinki Airport during the spring and summer which includes a substantial re-paving of the airport’s traffic areas

The Finnish air navigation services provider said the renovation will ensure smooth, flexible and safe air traffic at Helsinki Airport.

“Finavia wants to do its part in keeping the main airport of Finland in good condition and that it provides optimal and effective services for domestic and international air traffic,” said Henri Hansson, director of business op-erations at Finavia.

The renovation in Helsinki Airport’s traffic areas will begin in late March and will continue until autumn. The investment includes the re-paving of runway 3, and modifications in the area of runway 2. In addition, more than 1,000 lights and cables will be replaced in the traffic area.

Due to the works, there will be changes in the use of Helsinki Airport’s runways when some runways will be closed for specific periods. Based on a current estimate, the runway closures will cause some delays in Helsinki Airport’s flights from April. In addition, the temporary changes in the use of the runways will cause aircraft noise in some exceptional areas.

“This is a massive investment, and there is no alternative to implementing it if we want to keep Finland’s vital traffic node in good shape. We will do everything we can to implement the modifications as fast as possible, and that they would cause minimal disruption to air traffic and our neighbours,” said Hansson.

Helsinki Airport has strengthened its position as the leading transit airport in Northern Europe for travel between Europe and Asia. In 2011, the airport managed record passenger numbers.

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