Its flourishing air traffic is a key factor in Finland’s ability to remain competitive on an international level, and as operator of all of Finland’s major air transport gateways Finavia’s emphasis is on making developments across its airport network, to buoy the growth of the nation’s air transport industry. Finavia’s CEO Kari Savolainen explained to Airport Business how the €900 million modernisation of Helsinki Airport and a €100 million investment in its regional gateways will fortify the sustainable progression of air transport in Finland.
The £14 million (€18.3m) departure lounge development, which will see the opening of more original F&B concepts and an expansive walkthrough duty free store as the next phase of the renovation continues, is an important step in Newcastle Airport’s ambition to become the “most welcoming airport in the UK”. The lounge’s modernisation will be the end result of a year’s building works, attentively structured to ensure that the gateway to the North East continues to deliver an exceptional customer journey amid the construction in its bustling departures area.
A project to expand the terminal area of Russia’s largest air transport gateway is now underway, and will see it double in size to 500,000sqm when it is completed in December 2016. In the coming years an additional stage of construction will further extend the airport to 900,000sqm to satisfy the demand created by its continually escalating passenger numbers, which are expected to reach 60 million a year by 2023.
With growth of 12% year-on-year for the month of October, passenger numbers continue to flourish at Macau International in the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Macau, and now the airport is embarking on the expansion of its terminal facilities and improvement of its airfield, to cater for future growth and meet the needs of its diverse passenger base.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol launched the transformation of Departure Lounge 2 in September, with the project to be completed in summer 2015. It is the latest development in the airport’s overall master plan, which is seeing a complete renovation programme to strengthen capacity and improve levels of comfort and efficiency for passengers. Otto Ambagtsheer, Managing Director Business Area Consumer Products & Services, outlined the latest phase.