In July 1952, Prime Minister Urho Kekkonen opened the new Helsinki–Vantaa Olympic transport for use for a month and a half. Construction of the airport continued after the Olympics. Air traffic at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport officially started on October 26, 1952.
At first, only one runway was available. The first airport building was a wooden barracks, which was expanded over the years and was called a reclining skyscraper because of its shape. The new terminal, built for one million passengers, was completed in 1969.
Today, the total area of the Helsinki-Vantaa terminal is more than 200,000 square meters and it can accommodate 30 million passengers. The airport has three runways. The entire area of the airport is 1,800 hectares, which is as large as the center of Helsinki.
Next year, Finavia will complete its 10-year investment program, which is the largest project ever implemented at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Its goal is to develop and modernize services for both passengers and airlines.
In connection with the development of infrastructure and services, Finavia has been able to invest in reducing the airport’s environmental impact. Several concrete measures have been implemented to reduce emissions.
“Helsinki Airport was one of the first airports in the world to achieve carbon neutrality five years ago, but that is not enough. Our climate work continues. Next, we aim for net zero emissions,” says Lettijeff.
During Helsinki-Vantaa’s 70th anniversary, Finavia will highlight the airport’s history and development on its website and social media. The year culminates in International Civil Aviation Day on December 7, when Finavia raises the flags at all airports.
Source: The Nordic Page