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The new-look Kittilä Airport (photo: Finavia)

Newly expanded Kittilä Airport opens next week

An ongoing investment project is jazzing up Finnish Lapland’s airports in response to a rapid growth in passengers.

A €55 million investment project jazzing up Lapland’s airports will reach a milestone next week when the new and improved Kittilä Airport opens just in time for the busy Christmas season.

Kittilä’s expansion is the first to be completed in airport operator Finavia’s investment programme. The expanded premises will open on November 22 when the 1,500 square metre extension for departing passengers is put to use.

A café and restaurant operated by the Lapland Hotels chain will open its doors in the area, “serving both delicacies from Lapland as well as international flavours”, Finavia promises.

The menu includes, for example, reindeer dishes and Finnish berries as well as burgers, salads and meals for kids. The café and restaurant will also offer gifts and souvenirs from Lapland.

The design of the terminal’s waiting areas has also changed, with a ‘green wall’, for example, and a “modern play area” for families with interactive games.

Aircraft parking stands and a short taxiway, called G, have also been completed, shortening turnaround times. It’s now possible to park 12 aircraft at the same time at Kittilä Airport.

More to come
A second part of Kittilä’s terminal expansion will also be opened soon, says Finavia. After a couple months, 500 square metres of additional space will be taken into use for “a large passport control for arriving passengers”.

And the expansion work will continue at the airport in the shape of a new full-length taxiway to be completed by Christmas 2019.

Finavia’s two-year €55 million investment programme at Lapland’s airports will last until the end of 2019. Besides Kittilä, Rovaniemi and Ivalo airports are also being expanded and more services added “in response to the rapid growth in passenger numbers”.

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