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Published on : Saturday, November 9, 2013
Finavia Corporation, the company responsible for Finland’s airports and air navigation services, is starting a major development programme at Helsinki Airport. The aim is to ensure that good flight connections between Finland and the rest of the world can be maintained and to make the airport more attractive in an international operating environment that is becoming increasingly competitive. Helsinki Airport is expected to have 20 million passengers each year in the early 2020s.
The development programme will be carried out between 2014 and 2020 and the focus will be on increasing check-in and transit travel capacity and on improving traffic arrangements. The aim is to ensure that Helsinki Airport will be able to maintain its strong competitive position in transit traffic between Europe and Asia.
“Passengers do not want any hitches and they expect quick transfers, high-quality services and a wealth of experiences. In a highly competitive environment, the success of an airport depends on these factors, and they must also be the focus areas at Helsinki Airport. One in every three passengers choose their flight routes on the basis of the transit airport,” says Kari Savolainen, Finavia’s CEO.
Previous investments have turned Helsinki Airport into a major transit hub between Asia and Europe and helped to increase its annual capacity to 15 million passengers. However, an increase in air traffic will cause congestion at the airport in the coming years.
“It is estimated that about 20 million passengers will be using Helsinki Airport in the early 2020s. This means that we need bigger facilities and that Helsinki Airport must be able to keep up with the demands and improve its processes. Maintaining our principal airport as a leading transit hub will ensure that Finns will continue to have extensive flight connections and it will also boost the competitiveness of the Finnish economy,” says Savolainen.
Source:- Helsinki Airport