Finavia to relax travel restrictions at airports

12 May 2020 (Last Updated May 12th, 2020 10:54)

Finland airport operator Finavia has announced that it will gradually lift the restrictions that were put in place to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

Finavia to relax travel restrictions at airports
Terminal 1 of Helsinki Airport in Finland. Credit: Jaakko.

Finnish airport operator Finavia has announced that it will gradually lift the restrictions that were put in place to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move follows the decision of the Finnish Government to slowly ease some of the restrictions that were imposed due to the pandemic.

The government stated that travel restrictions inside the Schengen area will be relaxed, and passenger traffic, along with other essential travel, will be permitted. The new regulations will be enforced from 14 May.

However, internal border controls will be in place until 14 June. Restrictions for travelling outside the Schengen area will still be enforced.

Passengers travelling through Finavia-operated airports have been urged to use hand santitisers, which are available in the airport.

Passengers should maintain a safe distance from other passengers and employees to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Passengers and employees must wear face coverings. In addition, terminals in the airport will be cleaned and disinfected more comprehensively.

All passengers entering the country should undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine and are advised to go back home directly and not use public transport.

Travellers who are transferring flights at the airport from a domestic flight should leave the gate area and re-enter the gate area through security and border control.

However, passengers who are transferring from one international flight to another do not need to exit the gate area.

Those travelling to their home country can pass through Helsinki Airport as a transit passenger.

Travellers arriving from abroad cannot use domestic connection flights and should travel via land using taxi or car.

Last month, Finavia estimated that the company will suffer a €100m loss in revenue for this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company published an air traffic statistics report revealing that the number of air passengers for all its airports fell by 20.1% between January and March.