Major expansion to Kuusamo Airport
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy has granted financing for the project to expand and renovate Kuusamo Airport. The project will improve the airport?s capacity and help to promote the development of tourism in the region and improve employment. The construction work will start in April 2008.
The total costs of the project are EUR 9.3 million, of which EUR 1.6 was granted last year for the preliminary work. The financing has been organised between three parties, which include Finavia (EUR 4.75 million), the TE Centre for Northern Ostrobothnia/European Regional Development Fund (EUR 3.62 million) and the City of Kuusamo and the surrounding municipalities (EUR 930,000).
In 2007, 108,000 passengers used the airport in Kuusamo. The aim of the project is to increase passenger numbers to the 170,000 mark during the next seven years.
The extension and renovation project that gets underway in April includes an expanded section of around 5,000 m2 and a renovated section of about 1,800 m2.
The expanded area will include an area for departing passengers, a staff security check area, the conveyor systems for departing and arriving baggage, the baggage claim area, customs, office and social areas, as well as technical premises.
The old part of the airport will be renovated as areas for departing and arriving passengers. Both parts will have non-Schengen and Schengen areas as well as areas for border guard staff.The preliminary work (including a new traffic area and the planning work) will continue until October 2008. The area for departing passengers will become operational at the end of November 2008, and the area for arriving passengers in March 2009. The renovation work will be carried out in the old part from May to October 2009 and the construction work will be completed at the start of November 2009.
Principal design office: Architects? Office Seppo Koutaniemi Ky
Structural engineer: Engineering Office Kalevi Säkkinen
HPAC engineering: Engineering Office A. Mustonen Oy
Electrical design: Kuusamon Sähkösuunnittelu Oy
Conveyor engineering: Engineering Office Comatec Oy
Traffic planning: Finavia?s Airport Technical Services
Project management service: Rakennus-Bergman Oy
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