Airport operator Finavia has launched a tender to appoint new commercial operators at Helsinki Airport in Finland.
The public procurement procedure for 13 retail and food & beverage concessions will be executed as per the EU Concession Directive.
Finavia stated that the tender is part of an ongoing €1bn ($1.16bn) development programme at Helsinki Airport.
The programme focuses on expanding terminal space by 45% to a total 103,000m². As a result, the terminal’s passenger handling capacity will increase to 30 million per annum by 2030.
Finavia commercial director and vice-president Elena Stenholm said: “Helsinki Airport ranks as the best airport in Northern Europe. We are known for our continuously developing airport and we work hard with our partners to offer our air passengers as smooth and memorable a customer experience as possible.
“Our 20 million annual passengers in 2018 and anticipated strong passenger growth will offer an interesting and international customer base for any commercial operator.”
According to Finavia, there are 13 commercial spaces available, totalling 1,081m². Out of them, 12 are new and situated in the up-coming Helsinki Airport T2-terminal Non-Schengen area and one of them already exists in the Schengen area.
The spaces will be tendered in three categories: five spaces for premium retail with a total area of 507m², four spaces for high-end luxury retail with a total area of 243m² and four spaces for F&B covering a total area of 331m².
Plans are in place to open the premium shops and boutiques in 2019 and 2020 and the luxury retail units in 2020 and 2021, depending on the exact location.