Helsinki Airport to open on December 1 after reconstruction for 1 billion euros

Finland’s central airport, Helsinki-Vantaa, will open a refurbished second terminal after a major renovation on December 1, according to Finavia, which operates the facility.
In 2017, Helsinki-Vantaa launched a large-scale reconstruction program designed for an annual passenger traffic of 30 million passengers. Earlier, Finavia reported that the cost of the investment program is 1 billion euros.
“The largest development project in Finavia’s history at Helsinki Airport will reach a milestone on 1 December. A new airport entrance with a beautiful wooden ceiling, new taxi and bus stands, a multimodal tourist center, a new parking lot and an impressive arrivals hall will be open to passengers, ”says Finavia CTO Henri Hansson, quoted in the post.
It is specified that the opening of the updated second terminal will take place in three stages.
The new entrance and arrivals hall will open on December 1, new check-in points and a new security control zone will open in March 2022, and in the summer of 2023 work in the border control zone will be completed.
As a result of the reconstruction, the terminal area has increased by 45% (103,000 m2). The total area of ​​the terminal will be over 250 thousand m2. Installed 8 bridges for wide-body aircraft, 4 bridges for narrow-body aircraft. The passport control zone has been expanded by 50%, parking lots, taxiways and other infrastructure have been expanded.
The purpose of the investment program is to strengthen the position of Helsinki Airport as a hub for air traffic between Europe and Asia. As Helsinki Airport has become one of the most important airports in Europe, the development of wide-body aircraft and the creation of conditions for this is one of the key goals outlined in Finavia’s investment program, the company emphasizes.