The second major step in the transformation of
the Helsinki-Vantaa terminal extension has taken place with the
opening of a new shopping area and a large My City Helsinki
"Finnair customers arriving at the terminal now
have full access to a new shopping area and a nearly 400-seat
restaurant world, which includes a video theatre for the smallest
members of the family and an ice-cream bar. Excellent champagne
and interesting wines are available from the bar, while new gate
facilities cut transfer times," said Markku Remes, Finnair's
Customer Experience Management Manager.
New stores in the
extension section include Luxbag, Mulberry, Stockmann, M-Boxi,
Aseman Kello and an R-kiosk newsstand.
New departure gates
are progressively being put into use, as well as a seven line
security check area for arriving transfer passengers, which will
accelerate their passage to connecting flights.
first phase of the new 150 million euro terminal opened in August,
serving long-haul flight customers and those bound for other
destinations outside the Schengen area, speeding up Finnair
customers' connection-flight formalities and improving the general
enjoyment of Finnair passengers at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
The final stage of the
airport expansion will be completed on 11 December 2009 with the
opening of a stylish 1,000 m2 Via Lounge. The services provided
will include six private shower rooms, a snack buffet and a
well-stocked Via wine bar, plus relaxation and working areas.
A Via Spa of nearly 600 sqm will also open. Via Spa will offer four different
saunas: an Alpine-style spruce sauna, a stone sauna, a steam sauna
and a traditional Finnish sauna with a view over a mineral water
pool to the aircraft taxiways. Special spa treatments will be
offered by expert staff based on the Haslauer spa concept.
These innovations are part of the joint goal-directed
development work of Finnair and Finavia to provide increasingly
efficient and pleasant transit services to passengers on routes
between Europe and Asia.
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