Finavia’s businesses

Finavia is an efficient service company. Our core businesses are airports and air navigation.

Our network covers 21 airports across Finland. Air navigation is responsible for controlling the Finnish airspace and providing air traffic control services at Finavia’s airports.

Finavia’s customers include carriers, passengers and service providers at airports.

Most of its revenue comes from air traffic fees, such as landing and passenger fees, rental return and parking fees. Finavia’s operations are not supported through taxation. Read more about Finavia’s economic indicators.

Airport operation and air navigation are strictly regulated businesses. Finavia’s cost structure, investments and operations are governed by international and national regulations, particularly those pertaining to safety and the environment.

Business at airports

We ensure smooth and safe traffic for passengers. Our responsibilities include building, servicing and maintaining infrastructure at airports. These tasks include, for instance, communication, lighting and heating at airports, traffic arrangements, security control, signs and information desks at terminals.

We are also responsible for maintaining runways and other air traffic infrastructure. Finavia is world-famous for its expertise with snow.

We rent out commercial and office space at airports to companies providing services to carriers and passengers. We cooperate with the service providers to improve the level and coverage of services at airports.

Finavia’s airport business comprises two areas: Helsinki Airport and network airports. Helsinki Airport is and important European hub and the leading transfer airport between Europe and Asia. The airport has won several international awards and recognitions for its excellent services. Regional airports in the Finavia network are the gate between Finland and the world. Airports in Lapland have aided the rise of Finnish tourism and made it world-famous.

Air navigation business

Our air navigation business ensures safe air traffic in Finland and seeks to minimise delays. We serve commercial aviation, government aviation, military aviation, general aviation and aviation schools. Air navigation is subject to a licensing system, and Finavia has a license to provide air navigation services under the EU legislation. Finavia’s air navigation comprises air traffic control for local, approaching and area traffic, and air navigation technology.

Safety and internationality are the key values of our air navigation services. The EU legislation on the Single European Sky (SES) steers the air navigation sector.

The European Commission launched the Single European Sky in the early 2000s in order to build the capacity of the air traffic control system. The benefits of the SES include more direct routes, shorter flight times and reduced fuel consumption.

The establishment of Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) was an important step towards the creation of the Single European Sky. Norway, Finland, Estonia and Latvia form the functional airspace block of Northern Europe. Sweden and Denmark have their own block.

ARCC Finland
Aeronautical rescue and coordination centre operates under the air navigation business

As a state party to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, Finland has agreed to provide search and rescue services in its area of responsibility. As an air traffic service provider, Finavia provides search and rescue services in aviation. 

ARCC Finland is located at the Finnish Area Traffic Control Centre (ATCC). The centre operates around the clock and is always prepared to take action and locate a missing aircraft in cooperation with other authorities.

The ARCC trains its own staff and participates at joint practice rescues that are held annually with different authorities.

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