First Phase of New Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Terminal to Open This Week

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 25 August 2009

On Thursday August 27, the first phase of a new 150 million euro terminal opens at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport serving long-haul flight customers and those bound for other destinations outside the Schengen area.

"This is the first step towards an extensive change lying ahead in the autumn. As of Thursday, 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- kiosk offering a wide selection of magazines and books among its product range," said Markku Remes, Customer Experience Management Manager of Finnair.

The next stage in the terminal transformation will take place on 15 September, when more shops and the My City Helsinki restaurant world will open in the new area.

The final stage will be completed on December 11 with the opening of a stylish 1,000 m2 Via Lounge. The services provided will include six private shower rooms, a snack buffet, a well-stocked wine bar, relaxation and working areas.

Unique in the world of airports, a nearly 600 m2 Via Spa environment 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 to the aircraft taxiways.

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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