Good News from Mon, 31 August, 2009:

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport opens a brand new terminal

The first section of the new terminal extension at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport was opened for passengers last week. The extension serves primarily the long-distance traffic at the airport.

In addition to the new waiting areas for long-distance passengers, the extension introduces new passenger gates. The service area of the extension will expedite the operation of transfer flights, which are rapidly increasing.

- This airport connects not only Asia and Europe, but also Asia and America, says Samuli Haapasalo, President and CEO of Finavia.

In addition, the terminal extension will house a new baggage handling centre. A 280-metre tunnel will connect the present and future baggage areas of the international terminal. The whole processing system will be more than 10 kilometres long, and its peak capacity will be 7,000 bags per hour.

In the second phase of the extension, on 15 September, new shops and a large restaurant complex, 'My City Helsinki', will be opened in the new terminal area. The last section of the renovations will be opened 11 December, as the 'Via Lounge' and 'Via Spa' premises are introduced to passenger use.

Once completed, the extended terminal will be able to handle annually 15-16 million passengers and 13.5 million items of baggage. Finavia is implementing the renovations as a part of a 150 million euro investment in terminal extension. The state owned airport operator Finavia is the managing body of 25 airports located in Finland.