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Helsinki best airport in world – according to Finns

Around 550 Finnish business travellers are asked what their favourite airports are and why.

Finnish business travellers have rated Helsinki Airport as being by far the best airport in the Nordic countries, Europe and globally in a survey conducted by FCM Travel Solutions, part of the travel agency Flight Centre Travel Group.

There were more than 18.9 million passengers at Helsinki Airport in 2017, just under a third of whom were travelling on business.

“Business travellers appreciate the logical layout and functionality of Helsinki Airport as well as its security and fluency of travel,” Anne-Marjut Väänänen, FCM Travel Solutions’ country manager for Finland, said about the survey results.

The airport was especially praised for its cleanliness and peacefulness, she added, and for its connections to destinations in Europe and Asia.

100 flights a week to Asia
In 2018, 50 airlines will be operating at Helsinki Airport, which has direct flights to 145 destinations including 20 routes and more than 100 weekly flights to Asia alone.

More than half of the respondents thought that the airport’s most important features were easy, with fast check-in and security control and good facilities and services.

Some 67% of the respondents had travelled by plane on a business trip at least 10 times during one year.

Helsinki also beats other airports in terms of its food. According to the FCM survey, at airports in general business travellers miss is the availability of healthy food. But not at the restaurants and cafés at HEL.

The respondents ranked Oulu Airport the second best airport in Finland for its quick service and logical layout. Copenhagen was ranked the second best airport in the Nordic countries, while in Europe Helsinki was followed by Schiphol, Munich and Frankfurt; globally by New York JFK, London Heathrow and Singapore Changi.

Nearly 550 Finnish business travellers, travel managers and decision-makers replied to the online survey.

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