About Helsinki Airport
The airport is the main international gateway to Finland and the busiest airport in the country. It is the 29th busiest airport in Europe and 4th busiest in the Nordic countries in terms of passenger numbers. About 90% of Finland’s international air traffic passes through Helsinki Airport. The airport handled 17.2 million passengers in 2016, including 14.5 million international passengers and 2.7 million domestic passengers. The airport handled 165,430 tonnes of cargo in 2015. On average, the airport handles around 350 departures a day.
The airport is the main hub for Finnair, the flag carrier of Finland, and its subsidiary Nordic Regional Airlines. It is also the hub for CityJet (on behalf of SAS), Jet Time, TUIfly Nordic and operating base for Norwegian Air Shuttle and Primera Air. The airport is also a focus city for Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia. Helsinki Airport has around 50 airlines operating regularly.
In addition, there are numerous charter airlines that offer flights to over 130 destinations in 45 countries. The airport has around 80 scheduled destinations in Europe, 21 direct long-haul routes to Asia, the Middle East, and North America. There are also 35 charter destinations including numerous long-haul charter destinations. Currently Helsinki Airport has two terminals with a total of 29 gates with jet bridges and 80 remote aircraft parking stands.
Originally built for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, the airport is today the fourth busiest airport in the Nordic countries, with 17,184,661 passengers having used the airport in 2016. This number makes up for around 90% of the total number of passengers in Finland’s 21 commercial airports combined (around 20 million), making it the busiest airport in Finland by far. It provides jobs for 20,000 people and there are 1,500 companies that operate at this airport. The airport is operated by Finavia, the state-owned enterprise that operates Finland’s airports.
Finavia aims to strengthen the position of Helsinki Airport in transit passenger traffic between Europe and Asia, and to increase the number of direct connections to Europe. At Helsinki Airport, Finavia wants to provide quick transit times and aircraft turnaround times cost-effectively, and to provide quality passenger services and airport experience. Helsinki Airport’s minimum transit time of 35 minutes is among the shortest in Europe.
According to Finavia’s survey, as many as one in every three passengers select their flight route based on the transit airport. Airline passengers have several times chosen Helsinki Airport as one of the best airports in Europe. In 2013, Skytrax World Airport Ranking chose Helsinki Airport as the best airport in Northern Europe. In addition, the ACI International Airport Service Quality 2012 survey showed that customer satisfaction at Helsinki Airport improved in nearly all surveyed areas.
Helsinki Airport has a catchment area of 3.5 million people, including Baltics and Saint Petersburg.