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Finavia Corporation
Type State owned
Industry Airport operation
Founded 1991
Headquarters Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Vantaa, Finland
60°18′56″N 024°57′55″E / 60.31556°N 24.96528°E / 60.31556; 24.96528Coordinates: 60°18′56″N 024°57′55″E / 60.31556°N 24.96528°E / 60.31556; 24.96528
Area served Finavia
Revenue Decrease €352.8 million (2013)
Operating income €44.8 million (2013)
Employees 2,814 (December 31, 2013)
Parent Government of Finland 100%
Finavia head office

Finavia (Finnish: Finavia Oyj, Swedish: Finavia Abp), the former Finnish Civil Aviation Administration, is a limited corporation owned fully by the Finnish State. Finavia is responsible for maintaining and developing its 25 airports and Finland’s air navigation system.[1] In 2013, passenger volumes at Finavia’s airports reached 19 million passengers. [2] Helsinki Airport is Finavia’s main airport, and a popular transit airport. [3] In 2012, Helsinki Airport had a total of 4.5 million inbound and outbound transit passengers. [4] Finavia’s headquarters is located at Helsinki Airport. Kari Savolainen has been Finavia’s CEO since January 2012. The Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for Finavia’s ownership steering.

Finavia's operations[edit]

Finavia’s customers are airlines, other operators in the sector, and passengers. Finavia’s core business areas are Helsinki Airport, Airport Network, Air Navigation Services and Passenger Services. Finavia's core business is supported by group companies Lentoasemakiinteistöt Oyj, a real estate company, and Airpro Oy, a company providing ground services for airports and airlines. In addition, Finavia owns Avia Collage, which is the only educational institution in Finland offering a basic degree in air traffic control.

Finavia’s main services for airlines and passengers are:

  • Airports: Finavia provides airlines with airport services and is responsible for the maintenance of runways and terminals, and for ramp handling and security check services.
  • Air navigation services: Finavia’s air navigation services are responsible for controlling the use of Finnish airspace and for providing the related en-route services and air navigation services at Finavia’s airports.
  • Real estate operations: Finavia’s subsidiary Lentoasemakiinteistöt Oyj is a real estate company leasing commercial premises at the airports and in their vicinity.
  • Airpro: Airpro provides, for example, ground services and security check services for air traffic. [5]

Finavia’s airport network and passenger volumes[edit]

The airport network supported and developed by Finavia consists of 25 airports in Finland: 18 civilian airports, four joint operation airports and three military airports.[6] Finavia’s largest civilian airports by number of passengers are Helsinki Airport, Oulu, Tampere-Pirkkala, Turku and Rovaniemi.[7] In 2013, passenger volumes at Finavia’s airports reached 19 million passengers, representing a decrease of 0.9 percent from 2012. Passenger volumes at Helsinki Airport in 2013 were 15.3 million passengers, up 2.8 percent from 2012. In total, Finavia’s airports had 413,057 flights in 2013 (down 4.8 percent from 2012). At Helsinki Airport, the number of flights was 169,921 (down 2.3 percent from 2012). [8]

Helsinki Airport[edit]

Helsinki Airport is Finavia’s main airport and the biggest airport in Finland.[9] Helsinki Airport opened in July 1952 for the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki. Helsinki Airport passenger volumes have risen steadily. In 1988, Helsinki Airport handled around six million passengers annually. From 9.7 million passengers in 2003, passenger volumes have grown to 15.3 million in 2013. [10]

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. [11] At Helsinki Airport, Finavia wants to provide quick transit times and aircraft turnaround times cost-effectively, and to provide quality passenger services and airport experience. Helsinki Airport’s minimum transit time of 35 minutes is among the shortest in Europe.[12]

According to Finavia’s survey, as many as one in every three passengers select their flight route based on the transit airport. [13] Airline passengers have several times chosen Helsinki Airport as one of the best airports in Europe. [14] In 2013, Skytrax World Airport Ranking chose Helsinki Airport as the best airport in Northern Europe. In addition, the ACI International Airport Service Quality 2012 survey showed that customer satisfaction at Helsinki Airport improved in nearly all surveyed areas. [15]

Finavia implemented Airport CDM (Collaborative Decision Making) to Helsinki Airport October 2012. CDM is a procedure by EUROCONTROL, European Organization for Safety of Air Navigation. Airport CDM develops airport operation by increasing co-operation between partners at the airport. [16] Airport CDM aims to reduce costs, achieve lower emissions, improve punctuality of operations and increase customer satisfaction in the airport. Helsinki Airport was the seventh European and first North European airport to adopt Airport CDM. [17]

In October 2013, Finavia received a capital injection of 200 million euros from the Finnish Government. The investment enables Finavia to start the development programme worth of 900 million euros at Helsinki Airport. The aim of the investment is to maintain the strong position of Helsinki Airport in transit traffic between Europe and Asia. The development programme started in January 2014 and lasts until 2020. [18] The development program is expected to have an employment impact of 14,000 person-years. Helsinki Airport is expected to have 20 million passengers each year in the early 2020s, when there will also be about 5,000 new permanent jobs in different companies operating at the airport. [19]


Finavia’s airports are recognized for their SnowHow, which means expertise on dealing with harsh snow conditions at airports. Finavia invests especially in the 24/7 availability of winter weather and airfield maintenance. [20] The unusually large snowfalls in winter 2010–2011 in Europe brought chaos to many airports in Central Europe, with many airports shutting down temporarily. In spite of these snowfalls, Finavia’s airports remained operational throughout winter 2010–2011. Finavia and Helsinki Airport’s SnowHow has also been recognized by other European airport operators. [21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Finavia Corporation." Finavia. Retrieved on 6 January 2014
  2. ^ Finavia Annual Review 2013." Finavia. Retrieved on 10 April 2014
  3. ^ Finavia to launch Helsinki Airport development programme in January." Finavia. Retrieved on 6 January 2014
  4. ^ Finavia Annual Review 2012." Finavia. Retrieved on 6 January 2014
  5. ^ Finavia Annual Review 2012, Business." Finavia. Retrieved on 6 January 2014
  6. ^ Finavia Corporation." Finavia. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  7. ^ Finavia: Passenger statistics Jan 2014." Finavia. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  8. ^ Finavia Annual Report 2013: Key indicators 2013." Finavia. Retrieved on 10 April 2014
  9. ^ Helsinki Airport." Finavia. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  10. ^ [1]." History of Helsinki Airport. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  11. ^ [2]." Finavia: Helsinki Airport. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  12. ^ [3]." Finavia Annual Report 2012: Competitiveness. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  13. ^ [4]." Finavia is starting a major development programme at Helsinki Airport. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  14. ^ [5]." Helsinki Airport in brief. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  15. ^ [6]." Luxury Travel Daily: Helsinki Airport is the Best Airport in Northern Europe . Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  16. ^ [7]." Eurocontrol: Helsinki-Vantaa goes A-CDM. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  17. ^ [8]." Finavia: CDM. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  18. ^ [9]." Airport World. Retrieved on 11 April 2014
  19. ^ [10]." Finavia. Retrieved on 11 April 2014
  20. ^ [11]." BBC: How Helsinki airport deals with snow and ice. Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  21. ^ [12]." Finavia Annual Report 2011, p. 8. Retrieved on 20 February 2014

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