What is Helsinki International Airport?
Helsinki Airport is the main international airport of Helsinki, and the largest in Finland. Well engineered to handle the masses of people flying between Europe and Asia, it is one of the most convenient and fast airport to transfer through. Home base for Finnair, which flies to multiple destinations in Europe, Asia and North-America, it is very well located as a gateway between the European and Asian Continents. In recent years the airport has been modernized a lot and there are plenty of options to eat, refresh and rest in the airport, including napping pods and saunas.
"The airport is the largest in Finland and the fourth 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 close to 19 million passengers in 2017, including 16.2 million international passengers and 2.7 million domestic passengers. 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 a hub for CityJet (on behalf of SAS), Jet Time, TUI fly Nordic, and an 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 regularly-operating airlines. The airport has around 80 scheduled destinations to other parts of Europe and 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 today provides jobs for 25,000 people and there are 1,500 companies that operate at this airport.
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. 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 March 2018, Skytrax World Airport Ranking elected Helsinki Airport as the best airport in Northern Europe."
- Helsinki Airport @ Wikipedia.org https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helsinki_Airport
Helsinki Airport in a Nutshell
- Opened 1952
- 19 million passengers in 2017
- On average, 350 departures in a day
- Provides work for 25 000 people
- Minimum transit time 35 minutes
- 17 km from Helsinki City Center
- Home airport of Finnair
How To Get To Helsinki Airport
From downtown Helsinki:
- There are two airport Lines - I and P - that both go to the airport from Helsinki Centrail Railway Station and stop on all stations on the way. Traveling time approximately 32 minutes
- Finnair Bus that leaves from Elielinaukio
- Public Bus 615
- Taxi costs about 60 € and takes 30 minutes
From Elsewhere in Helsinki:
- Bus 415
- Bus 561
- Bus 617
What to do at Helsinki Airport
Obviously, you are either flying in or going somewhere else. Otherwise, it might be hard to get inside the airport at all. The airport offers lots of good food, especially if you are flying from the non-schengen area. If you really have time, we suggest going to sauna and spa or try the napping pods.
The Irish Pub - The Oak Barrel - is a cult place for Finns going abroad. So stop by here, have a pint and a whiskey while reading your lonely planet, oh and don't forget to take a picture to instagram!
- GoSleep sleeping pods near Gate 11, 6€/h
- The Oak Barrel near gate 22
- O'Learys restaurant and sports bar near gates 28-29, 2nd floor