Finnish aviation firm Finavia is set to open the new entrance to the Helsinki Airport Terminal 2 (T2) and updated traffic arrangements for passengers on 1 December 2021.

As part of the T2 expansion project, the new entrance will feature a wooden ceiling.

The extension will also comprise new taxi ranks and bus station, multimodal travel centre, new parking hall and a large arrivals hall.

The multimodal urban travel centre is intended to serve as a hub for different modes of transport, to which air traffic will be connected.

Finavia technical director Henri Hansson said: “It is important that all modes of transport are seamlessly linked at the airport and that passengers can use the new travel centre to continue their journey using both local and long-distance buses, trains, taxis or private cars, not forgetting bicycles.”

Moreover, Finavia will introduce new parking arrangements with the opening of the new parking hall P1/P2, creating 1,800 new spaces.

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It will also create 200 new charging stations for electric cars in the immediate vicinity of the terminal.

Additionally, the airport operator plans to open new check-in points and a security control area, as part of the T2 extension, mid-next year.

This will be followed by the completion of new baggage drop facilities and updated services in the Schengen gate area in 2023.

Finavia said the €1bn investment programme aims to strengthen Helsinki Airport’s position as a hub for air traffic between Europe and Asia.

In a press statement, Finavia said: “As Helsinki Airport has become one of the most important airports in Europe, the development of wide-body aircraft traffic and the conditions for it is one of the key goals outlined in Finavia’s investment programme.”