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New facilities at Ivalo completes Finavia's upgrade of its Lapland airports

Lapland's Ivalo Airport has opened its renovated and expanded terminal just in time for the cold Finnish winter!

Operator, Finavia, says that its opening means that the gateway now boasts new, state-of-the-art facilities that take the passenger experience at Ivalo Airport to a new level.

At €13.5 million, Ivalo's upgrade was the largest investment by Finavia across its regional network of airports.

In addition to the new, modern expansion wing, the old terminal building has been completely renovated. 

Finavia repaved parts of the apron 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," says Finavia director, Joni Sundelin.

"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."

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 that also offers souvenirs and local handicrafts.

Finavia reveals that 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," says Finavia, noting that it will also prepare the airport for increasing traffic volumes.

According to Finavia, the development of Lapland's airports has been a main focus in 2015, with facilities at Rovaniemi and Kittilä airports also being upgraded.

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