Airport operator Finavia has announced an investment of nearly €5m for the renovation of Mariehamn Airport in the Åland Islands, a territory of Finland.
Under the renovation project, the runway will be repaved and the runway light system, airport power room and power supply will be updated.
The runway’s flanks and safety zones will also be upgraded.
The investment has been made in consideration with the operational preconditions of air traffic in Åland, as well as the related future developments.
The planning and execution, accomplished in line with Finavia’s climate programme, ensured that all of the operator’s airports became carbon neutral in 2019.
Finavia revealed that it is now working towards the achievement of zero net emissions.
Finavia Mariehamn Airport director Tanja Sabel said: “I’m particularly happy about the central role of environmental issues in the renovation. We are replacing the current runway lights with energy-efficient LEDs, which will take us closer to our next climate goal. We will also renew the fuel distribution area to facilitate refueling field vehicles with biodiesel.”
The renovation work will commence in early April and be completed in early July.
Due to this project, all flights will be discontinued from 16 May to 3 July 2021 as the runway will be shut for seven weeks.
However, urgent medical transport with helicopters will continue to function throughout the renovation while other medical transport and mail will take place via ferries.
Sabel continued: “The timing of the renovation has been selected carefully. The work has been planned for the early summer when passenger volumes are usually lower than in late summer. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be even fewer passengers in early summer this year.”
The renovation project will be completed just in time for the Tall Ships Race event organised in July at Mariehamn.
After completion, the airport will be ready to handle both domestic and international travellers.
In 2019, around 54 weekly flights operated at Mariehamn Airport, whereas last year the number of weekly flights dropped to 30.
Mariehamn Airport witnesses regular route traffic to Stockholm, Helsinki and Turku.