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Helsinki Vantaa Airport
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL)
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, more commonly referred to as the Helsinki Airport is located just three miles from the center of Vantaa in Finland. As Finland`s main international airport, Helsinki takes on over 12.5 million passengers each year.
The Helsinki-Vantaa Airport was originally constructed to take on the air traffic for the Summer Olympics of 1952. During that time it took on thousands of passengers and by 2011 it was taking over 14 million passengers for the year. Currently the airport is divided into two terminals that are located about 820 feet apart. The first terminal was constructed with the original structure in 1952 and the second terminal was added to accommodate the additional passengers in 2009. Since its original construction, the Helsinki Airport has been expanded to take on more planes and passengers, especially since it is the main Nordic Airway hub.
Services and Amenities
Currently the Helsinki Airport offers a variety of amenities and accommodations for travellers that include:
* Cash, ATMs and currency exchange services
* Lost and found luggage services
* Conference centers
* Business centers that have free Wi-Fi, faxing and workstations
* Seven duty-free shopping centers
* Local and high-end retailers including Mulberry and Capi Home
* Over a dozen restaurants with a wide variety of food, drinks and cafe options
* Internet kiosks
* Barber shop
* Spa and sauna
* Free Wi-Fi in the terminal buildings
The Helsinki Airport has over five different parking zones for short and long-term parking. Prices are made out per hour or day. Shorter parking visits can be charged out at ten minute increments, depending on the lot.
The best way to get around the Helsinki area is through the use of buses or taxis. Buses, trams and trains will crisscross across the country and for most travellers it will take about 30 minutes or less to get anywhere in the city. Those who will be visiting for an extended period of time should look into Helsinki Kortii Cards. These discount travel cards offer unlimited public transit travel.
Once in the city there are numerous options for what to see and where to go. Travellers who want to stay within the city will have a wide variety of hotels, resorts and overnight options.
Those travelling with kids will be in luck since the city is very family oriented. Parents can take their children to the local zoo, the model-collection shop and even the Ehrensvard Museum. Those who want to see the Olympic Stadium from 1952 will be able to walk through it during the day. For those in the city for shopping, Helsinki offers a wide variety of local and high-end retailers. The Hietalahden area will open early in the morning and offer shopping all the way until early afternoon. Most stores are closed in the area on Sundays, but a few tourist stores will remain open.
Airport Contact Information
Telephone: +358 (0)9 82771 or 61511
Fax: (0)9 8277 3296
PO Box 29,
Time Zone: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)
Location: The airport is located 18km (11 miles) north of Helsinki
Country code: 358
IATA airport code: HEL