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Ivalo Airport (photo: Finavia)

Finland’s northernmost airport is expanding

New passenger facilities and double the aircraft stands are being added, filling “a large hole” in the terminal building.

Construction work at Ivalo Airport is “well underway”, airport operator Finavia says. The new facilities will be opened in six months.

“At the end of April, we launched the extension work of the passenger facilities at Ivalo Airport. At the moment, there’s a large hole at the end of the terminal building, but we plan to open more than 1000 m2 of new facilities before next year,” explains Veli-Pekka Pitkänen, head of the Lapland region at Finavia.

The airport will have a new baggage reclaim hall and waiting areas as well as double the current number of aircraft stands.

The four new stands opened for use last autumn, making a total of eight, have already considerably increased IVL’s operating capacity.

“There will be a total of 1200sqm of new facilities, approximately an 18% addition to the terminal’s floor area,” Pitkänen says.

“A spacious baggage claim hall with new equipment will be opened for arrivals. The new hall will also make the rest of the terminal more spacious, improving the customer experience throughout the airport.”

The airport is also investing in its services. A new shop will be run by a local firm called Unique Design Finland, selling souvenirs from Lapland as well as well-known Finnish design names such as Marimekko and Iittala.

Charter flights
Pitkänen points the surrounding beauty of Finland’s northernmost airport.

“The airport is an experience in and of itself. The tourists have also picked up on this exceptional airport as the number of air passengers at Ivalo Airport keeps rising,” he says.

The number of passengers on international charter flights grew by 4% in January-March compared to the previous year, helping to raise the total passenger number for the first quarter by 2%.

The extension at Ivalo is part of a €55 million investment in airports in Finnish Lapland, Ivalo’s share being €10 million. The terminal extension was designed by Oulu-based studio UKI Arkkitehdit. The contractor is JoTa-Rak from Kittilä, while Finavia is in charge of designing and building the apron extension.

In addition to Ivalo, “considerable extensions” are underway at Rovaniemi and Kittilä. Construction work at all airports began in spring 2018 and will be completed by the end of 2019. The aim is to boost further growth in Lapland’s tourism industry and improve Finland’s accessibility and competitiveness.

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