The Oulu Airport will be closed to air traffic between 26 June and 31 July 2017 due to the renovation of its traffic area. During the renovation, Finnair and Norwegian will operate flights from Kemi-Tornio Airport.
Passengers departing from Oulu will have access to bus transportation from Oulu to Kemi and back. The buses will take the route Oulu Airport–Oulu bus station–Kemi-Tornio Airport, returning via the same stops. The bus schedules has been published.
We ask that passengers sign up for the buses using this form so that we may reserve adequate seating.
If you will be arriving at Oulu Airport by car and continuing to Kemi by bus, the Oulu Airport parking areas will be available as usual during the renovations.
During the next summer's renovation, the runway, the taxiways and the apron of the airport will be resurfaced. In total, 360,000 m2 of new asphalt will be spread over the renovated areas. At the same time, the lighting system serving the runway and taxiways will be modernised, and the taxiways located at the ends of the runway will be upgraded for wide-bodied aircraft. The traffic areas at Oulu Airport were previously renovated in 2001–2002.
“This renovation will have an impact on passenger traffic from Oulu, and we will do our best to minimise any negative impact by completing the project in stages. After the renovation, Oulu Airport will be in historically good condition and even more capable to serve airlines and passengers,” says Liisa Sallinen, manager of Oulu Airport at Finavia.
The airport was previously modernised in 2014 when the passenger experience was improved at the terminal. That project focused on passenger services and comfort at the terminal and the functionality of parking areas. After the modernisation, customer satisfaction surveys have ranked Oulu Airport among the best airports with excellent scores.
Oulu Airport is the second busiest airport in Finland and, last year, it reached the milestone of one million passengers. This renovation continues the service changes completed in 2014. During the 2000s, Finavia has invested some EUR 30 million in Oulu Airport. The goal of these significant investments is to secure the competitiveness of the airport.
“Oulu Airport plays an important part for business life in the region and for Finland's competitiveness in northern Finland. In Oulu, the number of passengers has developed positively, and customers are more and more satisfied with the airport services. The runway will be closed for a month and this will, unfortunately, have an impact on the comfort of passengers and the financial results of many providers of commercial services. However, our objective is to secure the safety and smooth flow of traffic, as well as the capacity of the airport to respond to future growth in air traffic. This requires a high level of safety, which is also guaranteed by the proper maintenance of traffic areas,” says Joni Sundelin, senior vice president at Finavia.