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How are Finnish airports prepared for coronavirus?

Article published
23.1.2020 at 15:26
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In Finland, the various ministries and health authorities are responsible for providing guidelines for and supervising and preventing the spread of contagious diseases. For example, the authorities decide on possible passenger health examinations to be conducted at airports.

”The health and well-being of passengers and personnel are very important to us. Therefore, we already began intensified cleaning at our terminals at the beginning of February, and we made hand disinfectant available at security checks and other customer service desks. We are monitoring the situation with the coronavirus very carefully,” says Heini Noronen-Juhola, Vice President, Finavia, Helsinki Airport.

Noronen-Juhola says that Finavia is also carrying out extra cleaning at the airport. This is done when there is a case of a suspected disease, for example. Finavia has its own updated contingency plan that will be implemented together with the authorities and airlines, where necessary.

”We have increased the amount of coronavirus related information in our terminals. The material, done by The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), is located at gates as well as check-in and security control areas. THL has instructed that all carriers operating between Finland and Asia and Finland and Northern Italy, must give their passengers a hand out about how to protect against corona virus. The Finnish authorities communicate directly to the carriers, and Finavia has supported the authorities, Noronen-Juhola continues.

Finavia has no permission to check passengers’ state of health or prevent the arrival of passengers or flights in Finland. Ministries and the authorities decide on this.

Currently, all airlines flying directly from Finland to China and from Finland to Nothern Italy have cancelled all or some of their February - April flights. Finnair adjusts its European traffic in April due to the impacts of the coronavirus by cancelling domestic and international flights. Read more on Finnair's webpage.

Contact your own airline or travel operator for more information on the cancellation of flights as well as changes to schedules.

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Updated 16.3.2020, 8.43: Links to more information

Updated 10.3.2020, 13.02: Cancelled flights

Updated 6.3.2020, 16.40: List of cancelled flights removed. Passengers are advised to contact their own airline or travel operator for more information.

Updated 3.4.2020, 12:52: Cancelled flights

Updated 26.2.2020 13.35: Coronavirus related information at the terminals and on flights.

Updated 14.2.2020 12:40: Changes in lead text

Updated 31.1.2020 13:29: Finnair's cancellations

Updated 30.1.2020 08:39: Sichuan Airlines has cancelled more flights.

Updated 29.1.2020 16:12. Update on hand sanitzer fluids available.

Updated 28/1/2020, 14.48: Finnair has announced that it will cancel flights to Daxing Airport (from 5th of February to 29th of March) and to Nanjing (from 8th of February to 29th of March). Tibet Airlines will start operating Jinan−Helsinki route again from 30th of March. Sichuan Airlines will cancel Helsinki−Chengdu flights planned for Friday, 14th of February. Passengers are advised to contact the airline or the travel agency directly.

Updated 27/1/2020, 16:16: Instructions for passengers arriving in Finland – Wuhan coronavirus

Updated 1/26/2020, 11:34: Instructions for people travelling in the epidemic area – Wuhan coronavirus