"In practice, the change means that passengers travelling in taxis or cars will leave and arrive at the airport via T1. The new arrangements do not concern the passengers travelling by bus, wheelchair taxi or train," says Jukka Isomäki, Head of Parking & taxi and car rental accounts.
For nine months, from March to December, Helsinki Airport's taxi rank will be located right in front of T1's entrance doors. Those travelling by car may also briefly stop in front of T1 to drop off passengers.
If you are going to the airport to pick up passengers, it's a good idea to park your car in P3.
"I recommend driving into the parking hall. There is always space available, and you won't need to stress about finding a space for your car or things like parking restrictions and parking fines. You can wait for the person you're picking up in your car or at the meeting point in T1," says Isomäki.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all flights have for now been concentrated in Terminal 2 (T2), which can be accessed on foot from T1 via the corridor connecting the two terminals. The distance between the terminals is about 300 meters. People picking up or dropping off passengers are asked to wait in T1.
The temporary taxi and passenger drop-off and pick-up arrangements will last until December, which is when Helsinki Airport's new main entrance will be opened and the final traffic arrangements will be completed.
Helsinki Airport development programme is close to completion
Finavia started the extensive Helsinki Airport development programme about eight years ago. The substantial investment has progressed according to plan, and the airport's extension will be completed within the next few years.
"This has been quite a marathon. We are now entering the final stretch and speeding up the completion of T2's extension by starting the construction of the new taxi rank a year earlier than planned. We are able to do this because the low passenger and flight volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic leave room for construction work," says Isomäki.
T2's extension will be opened in a few stages. First, the airport's impressive entrance with a beautiful wooden ceiling will be opened in December this year. The final traffic arrangements will also be completed at this time.
The entire development programme will be completed in 2023. Finavia is investing over EUR 1 billion in developing Helsinki Airport and increasing its international competitiveness.