Finavia boosts store and restaurant offerings

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For the busy winter season, new shops and restaurants have opened at airports across the  Finavia network.

The operator has invested €55m (US$61m) in upgrading its Lapland airports, introducing additional flights, new services and seasonal personnel for winter 2020. Among the new F&B outlets, is Ahkiorestaurant at Rovaniemi Airport, which offers an assortment of warm dishes packed with local flavors. The restaurant can be found at the terminal after security check. Other Lapland specialties can be found at the recently opened Napapiirin Lahja, which features a selection of interior design items, clothes and souvenirs.

Unique Design Center has opened two new stores at Ivalo Airport, selling Finnish design items from brands ranging from Aarikka to Marimekko in addition to pieces created by the couple who run the shop. New cafe Sulo welcomes passengers at Kemi-Tornio Airport.

According to Olli Väyrynen, vice president, business development (airport network), at Finavia, passenger numbers at Lapland’s airports have increased significantly, and the new stores and services have been well received.

“Our customer base consists of Finnish passengers, but we also serve Asian and Central European tourists who expect our airports to offer local selections,” Väyrynen explained.

Finavia’s Lapland investment program means that its airports in northern Finland are now able to better accommodate the two million passengers that pass through them every year. The project has also enabled the expansion of passenger areas at Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kittilä Airports.

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Tara has worked for UKi Media & Events since 2013, initially as a freelancer. She has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a range of publications, including Personnel Today, Management Today and The Grocer.

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