In order to improve the passenger comfort, as well as to relieve the current buildings from congestion, Finavia, Helsinki’s managing company, was due to officially open an extension to Terminal 2 on December 10, 2009. This has added eight new airbridges specifically designed for wide-bodied aircraft with the primary purpose of supporting growing traffic between Asia and Europe.
The first phase of the extension was opened to the public on September 15, 2009. December’s ‘grand opening’ will enable passengers to use the modern and comfortable Via Lounge and Via Wellness Spa, both designed by local firm Parviainen Arkkitehdit Oy.
Long-haul passengers will be able to enjoy the traditional warmth and relaxation of a Finnish sauna, while taking in a unique view of the runway.
The new extension, which cost €143 million, covers a total area of 419,806 sq ft (39,000m2) and will enable the terminal to handle 15 to 16mppa, along with 13.5 million items of baggage in a new state-of-the-art facility able to process 7,000 bags per hour. In addition there are more retail outlets, including Luxbag, Mulberry, Stockmann, M-Boxi, and Aseman Kello, and a 400-seat world-class restaurant called My City Helsinki.
According to Mats Rosin, Director of the Commercial Operations of Finavia, “The concept focuses on enjoyable services and fluent travelling.”