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Helsinki Airport

Airport information
Airport typePublic
LocationVantaa, Finland
*Air Finland *Blue1 *Finnair *Finncomm Airlines [ends 29 October] *Flybe Nordic [from 30 October] *Nordic Global Airlines *Norwegian Air Shuttle *TUIfly Nordic
Elevation55 m (179 ft)

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Helsinki Airport or Helsinki-Vantaa Airport ( , ) is the main international airport of the Helsinki metropolitan region and the whole of Finland. It is located in Vantaa, Finland, about 5 km (3.1 mi) west of Tikkurila, the centre of Vantaa, and 9.2 NM (5.7 lk=in) north of Helsinki city centre. Originally built for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, the airport served 12,884,500 passengers in 2010 (a 2.2% growth since 2009) and it is the fourth largest airport in the Nordic countries.

The airport is operated by Finavia, the state-owned enterprise that operates Finland's airports. Helsinki Airport was chosen as the best airport in the world in the IATA 1999 survey on the topic. In 2006 the global airport customer satisfaction survey AETRA ranked Helsinki Airport one of the best airports worldwide and according to Association of European Airlines 2005 delay rates, Helsinki Airport was the most punctual airport in Europe.

The airport's three runways provide a platform for future growth while the airport can accommodate extra-wide aircraft such as the Airbus A340 and Airbus A350, the former already in service and the latter being scheduled to enter service at Helsinki Airport with Finnair in the coming decade. The airport is the international and domestic hub for Finnair, the Finnish flag carrier. It is also the hub for Blue1, the Finnish regional division of SAS. Air Finland and Finncomm Airlines are based at Helsinki Airport as well. The use of three runways allows for efficient clearing away of snow and ice during the winter months to keep the airport open.

The Aviapolis is a new international business park adjacent to the Helsinki airport area, already hosting the operations of numerous companies around the airport. Several hotels are located near the airport as well. Construction of a train link, Kehärata, to the centre of Helsinki began in the spring of 2009 and the line is planned to go into operation in 2014. The Finnish Aviation Museum is located near the airport.

On 25 November 2008, Finavia opened a wireless network free of charge at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

In April 2010, Norwegian Air Shuttle started flights from Helsinki to Oslo and Stockholm. In early 2011 Norwegian Air Shuttle stationed three aircraft there and introduced domestic flights to Oulu Airport and Rovaniemi Airport on 31 March 2011. Starting in May, additional flights will go to nine additional international destinations.

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