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Impact of political protest on air traffic September 18

14.9.2015 at 10:08
The members of many Finnish trade unions will organise an extensive work stoppage on Friday, 18 September. The strike will affect flights as well as public traffic connections and airport services. This page provides you with up-to-date information on the strike's impact on air traffic. The information will be continuously updated. Please check the latest information before departure.

Flight impact

Air traffic controllers, Finnair cabin crew and airports' ground handling staff will implement a work stoppage from 11am to 1pm. In addition, security checkpoints and apron transport will have less employees than usual.

To ensure fluent services at checkpoints and other service outlets, we kindly request passengers to arrive at Helsinki Airport considerably earlier than usual to all flights during the whole Friday.

Please also prepare for arrival and departure delays. Delays can be expected especially during the afternoon and the evening.

In regard to cancellations and schedule changes, please monitor communication by your airline or travel agent.

For more information on the status of Finnair flights, please visit the Finnair website. It is expected that other airlines will be in business as usual, but they may also be subject to changes.

Finavia apologises for any inconvenience the strike may cause to passengers and will do everything it can to ensure that air traffic will be as smooth as possible during the protest. Finavia's air traffic control, security control and other services will be carried out by supervisors and with temporary arrangements.

Finavia will also extensively communicate the impact of the strike on its website and social media. The Helsinki Airport mobile app also provides up-to-date information.

You can check your flight status at Helsinki Airport's website:

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Impact on public transportation to and from the airport

Public transport will be subject to the work stoppage on Friday. Passengers are kindly requested to use a taxi, a car, rental car or car pooling.

Finnair City Bus between Helsinki city centre and the airport will be less frequently available than usual. For more details, please visit Pohjolan liikenne website.

Taxis and airpor cabs operate normally.

For information about airport parking and car rentals, please visit our website:

The Finnish Transport Agency advises drivers to prepare for a traffic volume peak in the Helsinki metropolitan area. We kindly request passengers to reserve enough time for the journey to the airport.

Train traffic will be subject to disruptions from 6am to 6pm. Please consult VR for more information on the Ring Rail Line to Helsinki Airport.

Bus traffic disruptions will be from 3am on Friday, 18 September to 3am on Saturday, 19 September. Please consult HSL for more information on Helsinki Airport buses.

There are two hotels at Helsinki Airport, and there are several hotels in the vicinity. Terminal gates 37 and 31 also have GoSleep sleep "tubes".

Impact on airport services

The goal of the café, restaurant, shop and other operators at the airport is to be in business as usual. However, some of them may have to be closed partially or in full. For information on Helsinki Airport services, please see this.