Finnish airport operator Finavia has completed a runway renovation project at Mariehamn Airport (MHQ), located in Jomala, Åland Islands.

The €5m project, first announced in January, involved repaving the runway and modernising the airport’s power supply, cabling and runway lighting system.

Finavia Mariehamn Airport manager Tanja Sabel said: “During the €5m renovation carried out by Finavia, the runway was repaved and the airport’s power supply, cabling and runway lighting system were upgraded.

“In connection with these changes, the more than 130 lights that make up the runway lighting system were replaced with eco-friendly LED lighting.”

The new lighting system is said to consume only around 30% energy compared to the previous system.

Finavia will also rehabilitate Mariehamn Airport’s ground traffic fuel distribution station and deploy electric car charging stations in the parking area later this year. However, these works will not affect flight operations at the airport.

Mariehamn Airport was completed in 1937 and started scheduled flight operations in 1940. The upgrade works will enable the airport to continue to support air traffic movement in Åland for a long time.

Åland Regional Government Minister of Infrastructure Christian Wikström said: “Fast and efficient transport solutions are important for all communities, but especially for Åland because it is an island.

“Flight connections are essential for the business sector, the local population and, to an increasing extent, tourists. Development efforts geared towards sustainable aviation are progressing quickly and the foundations have now been laid for achieving environmentally-friendly air traffic.”

Finavia is now working to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations. All Finavia’s airports achieved carbon neutrality in 2019 and now seek to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions.