Basic Information

  • Annual passenger and landing statistics of the airport are published on Finavia's Traffic Statistics page.
  • The airport's runway is 3,000 metres long.
  • The airport was designed by the internationally renowned architects Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Steel Structure of the Year 1992
  • Finavia Airport of the Year 2006
  • Finavia Airport of the Year 2015


  • 1939: Construction work at the airport begins in 1939.
  • 1940: Two grass landing strips are completed. In June Aero opens a route from Helsinki to Petsamo in the far north via Tampere, Vaasa, Kokkola, Oulu, Kemi, Rovaniemi and Sodankylä. Total flight time, including stop-overs is 8,5 hours.
  • 1948: Rebuilding at the war-damaged airport begins. Regular traffic begins in June.
  • 1953: The third consecutive airport and air traffic control building is completed.
  • 1961: The Northern Finland Air Navigation Centre is moved from Kemi to Rovaniemi.
  • 1974: The Häme Air Command of the Finnish Air Force moves from Tikkakoski to Rovaniemi and continues to operate as the Lapland Air Command.
  • 1981: The runway is extended to 3,000 metres.
  • 1984: The current air traffic control building is put in to operation.
  • 1992: The current airport building is completed.
  • 2000: The airport building is expanded and jet bridges are introduced.
  • 2006: The new air traffic control is completed.
  • 2015: Improving the service level at the airport, renewed services
  • 2016: Renovation of the runway: New pavement and LED lights