The suspension of the state’s purchased traffic on 16 December 2022 ended purchased traffic at Savonlinna Airport until a new agreement on purchased services enters into effect. The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom expects that flights will resume on 1 April 2023 at the earliest.
The change negotiations concerned Finavia’s permanent personnel and employees working as substitutes for permanent personnel, totalling nine employees at Savonlinna Airport. As a result of the change negotiations, the personnel of Savonlinna Airport – with the exception of the shop steward and the airport manager – will be temporarily laid off until further notice. However, the duration of the temporary layoffs will not exceed 90 working days.
The airline Transaviabaltika has decided to discontinue flights between Savonlinna Airport and Helsinki Airport effective from 16 December 2022. The flights have been operated with state aid. A tendering process will be initiated by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom and the City of Savonlinna. Finavia does not receive state aid for purchased traffic. Instead, the state aid is paid to the airline that operates the flights.