Finnish airport operator Finavia has announced the completion of renovation works to Terminal 2 (T2) at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport in Finland.
The €3m (US$3.2m) project involved the expansion of T2 by 2,260ft2; modernizing the seating areas; developing the café and shop services; relocating and renovating the border guard desks; and replacing the baggage handling system with a carousel instead of a conveyor belt. T2 operates as the international terminal for low-cost carriers at Tampere-Pirkkala and will begin re-introducing flights from mid-April.
Mari Nurminen, Finavia’s airport manager for Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, said, “Our objective is to make departures and arrivals easy and comfortable in T2, where the level of service will continue to be based on the requirements of low-cost airline operations.”
Finavia CEO Kari Savolainen said, “Finavia aims to keep the services at its airports competitive, while keeping the rates attractive to airline companies. An excellent airport alone will not create air travel. The development of air connections is dependent on the actual demand – in other words, there must be enough passengers. Regional cooperation plays a significant role in creating demand.
“After the renovations, the service level at Tampere-Pirkkala airport is higher than ever. We can serve airline traffic in two terminals, which creates numerous possibilities for developing this traffic.
“In order to ensure the capacity of the airport is in full use, it is important that the municipalities and other actors in the region commit to developing airport traffic based on the actual demand. We need to find ways to improve and highlight the attractive factors in the region to bring foreign tourists and business people to the passenger flows.”