Launched in 2013, Finavia’s ten-year Helsinki Airport Development Programme is now entering its final stages. With over €1bn invested, the opening of an expanded Terminal 2 next year will see terminal space jump by 45%, with baggage handling and passport control capacity to climb by 50%.
Flight capacity will also increase, with the number of bridge gates for wide-body aircrafts set to double to 16, which will help to deal with Helsinki’s growing passenger numbers. While the pandemic has curtailed growth, figures for 2019 show passenger numbers had grown by more than 43% since the programme was launched.
By 2030, it is anticipated that 30 million passengers per year will pass through the airport, far surpassing the 21.9 million peak recorded in 2019.