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Runway renovation on schedule – second phase commenced on 6 July

Article published
6.7.2015 at 10:00
Asphalt machines at runway.
The renovation project of runway 1 at Helsinki Airport has proceeded to the second phase. In the first phase, the crossing of runways 1 and 2 was renewed. After a period of limited use, runway 2 is now again entirely available for air traffic. Runway 1 will be taken into use on 2 August.

"The runway renovation project has proceeded well, on schedule and according to plans. Air traffic has gone well regardless of the limited capacity,” says Heini Noronen-Juhola, Helsinki Airport Deputy Director at Finavia.

Runway 1 is more than three kilometres long. Already about 70 percent of it has been renovated. The renovation project continues now at the 04R end of the runway.

Runway renovation work site 2 July, 2015

Objective: first-class air traffic safety

Runway 04R–22L, known as runway 1, is the first runway of Helsinki Airport. It opened during the airport inauguration in 1952.

The EUR 18 million renovation investment will develop the competitiveness of Finland's airport network. The underlying reason for the runway renovation project is ensuring first-class air traffic safety.

Read more about the runway renovation

Timeline: How Helsinki Airport develops