As a result of the expansion and renewal, the passenger experience at Ivalo Airport has been taken to a higher level. In addition to the new, modern expansion wing, the old terminal building has been completely renovated. Finavia repaved the air traffic areas last year and has also improved the airport parking areas.
"Finavia's €13.5 million investment at Ivalo Airport is the largest single input in network airport development in the last few years, and as the work is now complete, we are very happy. By making Lapland airports more effective and smooth, we have also otherwise invested extensively in Lapland tourism, and in that way, we are promoting the operating preconditions of the region's tourism operators", says Joni Sundelin, director at Finavia.
The design of the renovated terminal pays particular attention to passenger waiting rooms and restaurant services.
The gate area shop has local food products available for sale, such as berry products, fish and meat. In the pre-security check area, there is a new café that serves everyone at the airport. The café also offers souvenirs and local handicrafts. The focus in regard to terminal furniture and lights is on Finnish products and quality. Part of the terminal still includes a segment of wooden wall and a fireplace.
The terminal expansion wing was introduced in May; the wing has fully renovated check-in facilities, security check and baggage handling facilities.
After the renovation project is fully completed, the travelling experience will be even smoother and more comfortable, especially during high season. Finavia will also prepare the airport for increasing traffic volumes.
In 2015, the main focus has been on the development of the airports in Lapland. The terminal at Rovaniemi was renovated, resulting in a new level of functionality, appearance and comfort. At the recently renovated Kittilä Airport, a renovation of air traffic areas was completed in August.