Airport operator Finavia will begin the €8m renovation of runway two at Helsinki Airport on 2 May until 15 September. Aircraft landing directions will be altered until the renovation is complete.

The renovation of the airport’s runway two (15/33) is taking place over two years. Later this year, it will focus on resurfacing the northern end of the runway.

Finavia vice-president Jani Elasmaa said: “The runway comes under enormous stress, and its structures must be first-class. Continuous inspections and regular renovations ensure safe and punctual air traffic.”

Preparatory work is being carried out this month, which means runway two will not be used for landings from 7am to 5pm. 

During the renovations, landings from the direction of Nurmijärvi will decrease and there will be an increase in landings from the direction of north-east Vantaa and Kerava.

Propeller aircraft will still be able to take off from runway two in the direction of Tikkurila.

Later this year, the stormwater sewers and the electrical systems underneath the runway will also be renovated. In March, a wetland was built underground at Helsinki airport to divert runway and apron stormwater.

The underground wetland is considered a first-of-its-kind in the Nordic countries, improving water quality, and balancing to the flow of water to nature.

In 2024, the southern end of the runway will be renovated, and navigation and air navigation equipment will be replaced.

Elasmaa added: “The renovation of runway two is an important part of the lifecycle management of Helsinki Airport’s infrastructure.

“At the same time, we can implement the goals of our environmental work, because improving stormwater drainage also helps us in managing runway runoff water containing anti-skid agents.”