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Finnish design on display in new airport pier

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New expansion inaugurated on airport’s anniversary
Helsinki Airport’s new south pier was opened to passengers and air traffic on Monday – on the airport’s 65th anniversary.
The extension was inaugurated on July 10, the same date the airport first opened in 1952. The first flight from the pier departed from gate 54 at 14:10, bound for New York and operated by Finnair.
The new extension completed at the southern tip of Terminal 2 mainly serves passengers travelling to Asia and North America. A public role play recently tested the pier.
The extension features 8,300 new square metres of new space for passengers, three new boarding bridges for widebody aircraft and Finland’s first moving airport walkway.
Finnish design is also on display. Diagonal glass walls give passengers a unique and unobstructed view of the runway. There is altogether 4,500 square metres of glass surface in the south pier.
The materials and furnishings are Finnish by nature. For example, the walls have been coated with light-coloured, natural or black stained wood veneer manufactured by the company CWP in Lappeenranta.
Passengers can wait for their flight in Karuselli chairs designed by Yrjö Kukkapuro, Ilmari Tapiovaara’s Mademoiselle rocking chairs or Alvar Aalto armchairs. Pilke light fixtures are by Tuukka Halonen. More traditional airport furnishings have also been designed in Finland.
The south pier is part of a development programme in which the terminal will be expanded by a total of 103,000 square metres. The building and inauguration of the new spaces and launch of new services will take place in stages and be complete by 2020.
TTG Nordic

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