Finnish airport operator Finavia has unveiled plans to invest approximately €55m to expand and modernise Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Ivalo airports in Lapland.
Under the development plan, Finavia will expand and add more services to all the three airports to enable them to handle increasing passenger growth. The work is scheduled to commence this month.
Finavia CEO Kimmo Mäki said: “Finavia’s large-scale investment will enable the further growth of Lapland’s tourism industry and increase Finland’s accessibility and competitiveness.
“With this development programme, Finavia’s investment in Lapland’s tourism industry in the next few years will increase to nearly €100m.”
The latest investment programme by Finavia will enable all the three airports to serve two million travellers per annum.
Mäki added that the programme is aimed at improving the customer experience and service level besides boosting capacity and ensuring safe traffic despite growing number of flights and passengers.
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At Rovaniemi Airport, the main terminal will be expanded from 6,000m² to 10,500m², an increase of 75%.
Upon completion, the new facilities will make the terminal more spacious and comfortable. The capacity of the airport will surge from its current three planes an hour to five planes.
Additionally, modern passenger facilities will be installed to the baggage reclaim area and other areas, and the café area will quadruple in size.
A new passenger boarding bridge will also be built in the terminal bringing the total passenger boarding bridges to three. The Rovaniemi Airport expansion project will be completed next year.
Finavia will focus on expanding both the terminal and the air traffic infrastructure at Kittilä Airport.
By this year, the service level will be improved with the opening of the extension for departing passengers. The expansion will provide a total of 2,000m² of new space. Two new taxiways and a terminal expansion have also been planned for the airport.
At Ivalo Airport, Finavia will build new aircraft stands, which will increase the number of aircraft stands from four to seven. The space for passengers will also increase by 1,000m² by next year.