A Brief History of the Helsinki Airport - Charter Flight Group

A Brief History of the Helsinki Airport


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A Brief History of the Helsinki Airport

The Helsinki Airport is the primary international airport of the Helsinki metropolitan region and the whole of Finland, with almost 16 million passengers annually. The airport is located in Vantaa City. In Northern Europe, the Helsinki airport is the leading long-haul and a popular transfer point. The airport accommodates commercial flights and private chartered flights from different airlines.

Basically, it was built for the 1952 Summer Olympics. The Helsinki Airport is considered to be the fourth busiest airport in Nordic countries, with more than 16 million passengers having used the airport in 2014. This also makes the busiest airport in Finland. The airport was operated by Finavia. Finavia is a state-owned enterprise that keeps and operates Finland’s airport.

Last February 2015, there was a proposal to change the name of the airport as Sibelius Airport, named after Jean Sibelius, the most famous composer in Finland.

The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 (the former domestic terminal) and Terminal 2 (the former international terminal). The terminal 2 has been expanded in the year 2009 to cater eight wide-body aircraft at gates together.

Helsinki introduced the world’s first passenger tracking system in 2014. This naturally monitors crowd overpopulation and prevent congestion at the two-terminal airport.

The airport has three runways this caters a platform for future growth. The airport can entertain wide-body aircraft such as Airbus A340. The purpose of the three runways is to accommodate and allow for useful clearing away of snow and ice during the winter season; this keeps the airport open.

There are also airport hotels and office buildings inside the grounds of the airport. There is also a new business park neighboring the Helsinki airport area; this is the Aviapolis.

Finavia revealed their plan for expansion of the airport in the year 2013.Through this, the airport can now serve up to 20 million passengers annually. The extensive improvements in the Helsinki Airport are to preserve the highest level of aviation safety. The plan includes the building of satellite terminal next to Terminal 2, but the plan was cancelled due to the expansion of the single terminal building. Finavia announced more accurate plans for the future expansion that will take place from 2014 and 2020. The plan includes the combination of the two terminals and will be expanded under one roof with new gates and apron on the aircraft stands.

The runway renovated and modernized was the oldest runway at the Helsinki Airport. The runway was used since it was open for traffic in the year 1952. The runways are on heavy duty due to more than 550 operations, including take-offs and landings.

In July 2015, the Ring Rail Line railway link to the airport was opened for traffic. This enables the commuter trains running at 10-minute intervals at the busiest period.

These airlines offer private chartered flights to Helsinki Airport: the Aegean Airlines, Corendon Airlines, Finnair, Freebird Airlines, Jet Time, Nouvelair Tunisie, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, TUIfly Nordic, and theTUIfly Nordic operated by the Thomson Airways. Charter Flight Group provides private chartered flights to Helsinki Airport too. Call us for more info.