The new south pier of Helsinki Airport (HEL) was opened for passengers and air traffic on July 10. The first flight from the south pier departed from gate 54 at 2:10 PM to New York, operated by Finnair.
The extension was inaugurated on a historically significant day. Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) itself was opened on exactly the same day 65 years ago. On 10 July 1952, the Finnish flag and the Olympic flags flew at sunny airport.
The new extension completed at the southern tip of Terminal 2 serves passengers travelling to Asia and North America, among others. The extension features 8,300 new square metres of new space for passengers, three new boarding bridges for wide-body aircrafts and Finland’s first moving airport walkway. They will make travelling easier and strengthen the role of Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) as an important hub in air traffic between Europe and Asia.
The guiding principle behind the appearance of the new extension has been Finnish expertise and design. The impressive, diagonal glass walls offer passengers a unique and unobstructed view of the runway. There is altogether 4,500 square metres of glass surface in the south pier. The materials and furnishings are Finnish by nature. For example, the walls have been coated with light-coloured, natural or black stained wood veneer.
The south pier is part of Finavia’s development programme. The terminal will be expanded by a total of 103,000 square metres. The building and inauguration of the new spaces, the launching of new services and the improvement of travel as a whole will take place in stages and be complete by 2020.
The next milestone of the development programme will be the inauguration of the central plaza in the beginning of 2019. The plaza will become the heart of the extension through which all long-haul flight passengers will depart and arrive.