Helsinki Airport centralizes key operations in one terminal – Airport World
From next Tuesday, Finavia will centralize check-in, security screening and baggage claim activities in a single terminal at Helsinki Airport.
“We are opening a new page in the history of Helsinki Airport, as both departing and returning passengers will now be served in our new and beautiful terminal,” enthuses Airport Manager Ulla Lettijeff.
“Passengers will no longer need to think about which terminal they will arrive or depart at Helsinki Airport.”
With a single terminal, Finavia believes getting around the airport will also become easier for those meeting or accompanying passengers.
It is now possible, for example, for cars and taxis to pass directly in front of the main doors to drop off passengers.
There is a lift from the station and the new P1/P2 car park to the terminal. The other car parks and the short-term car park for people receiving passengers are also a few minutes’ walk from the main terminal doors. The bus station and bicycle parking are also right outside the terminal’s entrance gates.
Terminals 1 and 2 and the corridor connecting them will be decommissioned. The former departure and arrival halls will be closed and transformed into passenger and staff areas.
“The last time Helsinki Airport operated in a single terminal was almost 30 years ago. At that time, the terminal used was the first real passenger terminal which opened in 1969 and was later expanded in 1983,” explains Lettijeff.
In 1993, international and domestic air traffic was separated and a new terminal for domestic flights was opened at Helsinki Airport.
About 15 years later, an airline-specific terminal division was set up and Terminals 1 and 2 were introduced.
Helsinki Airport was originally opened for the Helsinki Olympics 70 years ago.
Lettijeff concludes: “Our nearly 10-year development program is coming to an end.
“Work at Helsinki Airport will be completed next year, when a new baggage claim hall will be put into operation. Construction sites are still visible throughout the terminal, as a few new service points are under construction.