NEWS Last modified on June 13, 2012

Helsinki launches 'book swap'

Helsinki Airport has launched a book swapping station.

Helsinki Airport has launched a book swapping station.

The Airport Book Swap gives passengers the chance to drop off books they've finished reading, making them available for other readers passing through the airport.

The concept was introduced by a team of eight members of the public called the Quality Hunters, recruited by Helsinki Airport and Finnair to travel the world and find novel ideas to “enhance the travelling experience”.

Johanna Metsälä, customer experience manager at Helsinki Airport, said: “The Airport Book Swap is a fun opportunity for passengers to donate the books they've already read and send them onward on further journeys with new readers.

“At the same time, passengers can come to the station to pick up new books in exchange for the old ones they leave behind.”

The first books to be placed into circulation have been donated by the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre and workers of Finavia, the Finnish Airport Operator, and the other companies that operate at Helsinki Airport.

The station is open to all passengers free of charge and is located on the second floor of the airport near Gate 27.

In 2010 the world’s first airport library opened at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Passengers can read books in 29 languages, listen to music, watch films and make free downloads.

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