The first phase of a new 150-million-euro terminal opens at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on August 27, serving long-haul passengers and those bound for other destinations...

The first phase of a new 150-million-euro terminal opens at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on August 27, serving long-haul passengers and those bound for other destinations outside Europe’s Schengen Agreement common-border area.

New service areas in the new terminal will speed up passengers’ flight-connection formalities, says Finnair.


“This is the first step towards an extensive change lying ahead in the autumn,” says Markku Remes, customer experience management manager for Finnair. “Finnair customers arriving at the terminal will notice more spacious waiting areas and new toilet facilities, and two new gates will be taken into use along with a R[etail]-kiosk offering a wide selection of magazines and books among its product range.”

The first phase of a new terminal opens at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on August 27, 2009. The first phase of the new terminal will handle passengers on Finnair's long-haul flights and other international flights outside Europe's Schengen Agreement area

The first phase of a new terminal opens at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on August 27, 2009. The first phase of the new terminal will handle passengers on Finnair's long-haul flights and other international flights outside Europe's Schengen Agreement area

The next stage in the opening of the new terminal will take place on September 15, when more shops and the My City Helsinki restaurant court will open in the new area, the airline says.

The final stage will be completed on December 11 with the opening of a new 1,000-square-metre Via Lounge. Its features will include six private shower rooms, a snack buffet, a well-stocked wine bar, and relaxation and working areas.

Also opening will be a Via Spa of nearly 600 square metres. The Via Spa will offer four different saunas, an Alpine-style spruce sauna, a stone sauna, a steam sauna and a traditional Finnish sauna, which will have a view to the aircraft taxiways.