Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) Airport
Helsinki-Vantaa HEL Airport Overview
Helsinki Vantaa Airport HEL is Finland's most important airport and is a leading transfer point for air traffic between Europe, Asia & North America. Vantaa Airport is managed by Finavia, which continuously upgrades its airport facilities throughout Finland. The Airport is also recognized for its on-time performance.
HEL Airport is located three miles from Vantaa, Tikkurila, and 19 km, or half an hour drive, from the city center of Helsinki and is accessible from Helsinki's Keha III circle motorway 50, and a number of motorways merging into it (motorways 51, 1, 120, 3, 45, 4 & 7).
With 3 long runways and serving near 14 million passengers annually, Helsinki Vantaa Airport can accommodate Airbuses 340/350, is hub for its flag-carrier Finnair & to Blue1, and is served by many national and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
NOTE: 15 Automated Boarder Control Gates, each for departing & for Arriving passengers, are used by 'citizens holding a biometric passport issued by EU/EEA countries' (no pre-registration required.
On-Airport hotels include the Hilton Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and the Hotel GLO Helsinki Airport.
Layout of Helsinki Vantaa Airport's terminals and how to connect to other flights:
Helsinki Vantaa Airport' passenger terminal is partially divided into T1 Domestic and T2 International terminals, both joined by a 250-meter internal pedestrian walkway, and surrounding parking facilities & hotels. The airside is not divided by international/domestic traffic, but by Schengen & non-Schengen traffic.
The Arrivals level is divided bewen Terminal 1 'Arrivals 1) and Trminal 2 Arrivals 2A & 2B - each one haing their own baggage claim.
The small T1 Domestic Terminal area, located at the south-eastern tip of the terminal complex, with check-in desks 101-114, is home to members of the Star Alliance.
Terminal 2, the International Terminal area, houses all other airlines, with check-in desks numbered 201-232, 240-271 & 400-423. T2 has recently undergone renovation work giving it a fresh look.
The combined Departure level of T2 houses gates 23-11(at right), gates 24-34 (at center), and gates 35-38 at left).
Amenities & services inside the passenger terminals include food & drink, retail and tax-free concessions, Sampo bank branch, ATM cash machines, currency exchange, Finnair Spa & Saunas, Finnair service desk, maill box, rental car counters, free internet kiosks, travel bureaus, pharmacy, playroom, parking payment machine, hair salon, as well as the SAS business Lounge & the Finnair Lounge.
Recent improvements include a new shopping area, more border control kiosks with biometric ID technology, renovation of waiting & baggage areas between European & long-haul flgihts, enhanced border control capacity, a large duty-free shop at T2, and more imporvements are to follow.
A book swap is the latest addition to the terminals.
Passengers transferring to another flight:
If you have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, proceed to your departure gate. If you do not have a boarding pass yet, go to the Transfer Desk located near gates 24 or 30.
All passengers who transfer from a non-EU country to an EU country must go through the security checkpoint.
If your luggage has not been checked through to your destination, you have to collect it first at the baggage claim hall, then go through check-in and through security control - make sure you check your connting departure flight time again.
NOTE: 1. Citizens of the European Union can pass through border control, using one of the 30 automatic border control checkpoints serving both arriving & departing passengers.
2. A new lounge properly named 'Almost@home' has a small kitchen, dining area & living room and is accessible to to all passengers.
3. An art gallery and an eco-friendly book swap have recently been added.
4. Priority Pass members have rated the Finnair Lounge 'Best Lounge in the World 2011'.
Present and future Airport developments: Construction of train link 'Keharata', to city center, started in 2009, is planned to be operational by 2014.
Helsinki-Vantaa HEL Airport Update History
- HEL Airports - Oct 26, 2013
- HEL Timezone - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL Airport Intro - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL Buses & Trains - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL Email - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL Parking On site - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL GMT Offset - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL Guest Services - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL Layover - Oct 21, 2013
- HEL Food & Stores - Aug 26, 2013
- HEL Airlines Served - Jul 3, 2013