Helsinki Airport has opened a new Terminal 2 extension this month featuring world-class facilities and a novel new airport name (keep scrolling).
With an impressive main entrance and undulating wooden roof and natural elements in the departures hall, Terminal 2 contains mostly Finnish high-grade work and architecture.
The multimodal travel centre connects different modes of transport. The terminal can be reached directly from the new parking hall P1 Premium/P2 and the train station. The covered platforms of bus and taxi stations are located next to the exit of the terminal.
The focal point of the arrivals hall is the Luoto diorama which brings Finnish nature to the centre of the terminal. Rough, moss-covered stones and carefully selected plantings bathe in the natural light coming in from a huge skylight. The nature elements link the Asian Ikebana to Finnish nature. It symbolises the significance of Helsinki Airport as an important European hub for transit traffic.
Although the doors of the new Terminal 2 now open, construction is still ongoing. In the summer of 2022, a new security control and check-in area will be introduced, as well as the opening of the restaurant area. In 2023, the alterations to the Schengen gate area and baggage claim hall will be completed, and Finavia’s entire investment programme will come to an end.
Travel through Terminal 1, including transport arrangements and services, will remain unchanged for the time being.
And while most airports around the world are named in recognition of great people, Helsinki Airport “is naming itself after all its visitors as a homage to their passengers,” airport manager Finavia said.
“Charles de Gaulle, Leonardo da Vinci, and John F. Kennedy – what connects these great men is that they all have airports named after them. Instead of joining this bandwagon, the renewed and expanded Helsinki Airport has dedicated itself to the people it most values – its passengers. As of now, anyone visiting the airport has the chance to name it after themselves by literally adding their name to the official sign on the airport’s facade,” the company said.
Renaming the airport temporarily (watch the video below) is a part of the celebrations surrounding the opening of Helsinki Airport’s renewed Terminal 2. The newly finished terminal is a part of Finavia’s extensive investment program that aims to strengthen Helsinki Airport’s position as Northern Europe’s leading transfer hub, with a specific focus on developing its customer experience.