Renovation works will continue on Helsinki Airport’s runway 2 from May 2 to September 15, which will affect the direction of aircraft landing, said country´s airports operator Finavia in a press release on Thursday.
The renovation works, however, will not affect passenger traffic.
The renovation is worth EUR 8 million.
The renovation of Helsinki Airport’s runway 2 is a two-year project. In summer 2023, the renovation will focus on resurfacing the northern end of runway 2 (15/33), the transverse runway.
Stormwater sewers and the electrical systems underneath the runway will be renovated at the same time.
In April, preparatory work will be carried out at the airport, and runway 2 will not be used for landings from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the renovation work, it will not be possible to land on runway 2, which means that aircraft landing directions will be different from normal.
In May–September, landings from the direction of Nurmijärvi will decrease and landings from the direction of northeast Vantaa and Kerava will increase, which will also affect the direction of aircraft noise.
Propeller aircraft will take off from runway 2 in the direction of Tikkurila as usual.
The airport’s other two runways will be in use throughout the renovation and will ensure sufficient flight capacity.
Work will continue in the summer of 2024, when Finavia will renovate the southern end of the runway and replace the navigation and air navigation equipment.
“The renovation of runway 2 is an important part of the lifecycle management of Helsinki Airport’s infrastructure. At the same time, we can implement the goals of our environmental work, because improving stormwater drainage also helps us in managing runway runoff water containing anti-skid agents,” said Finavia’s Vice President Jani Elasmaa.