Flight operations resume as renovation ends
14 Aug 2018, 00:59 ( 1 Month ago) | updated: 14 Aug 2018, 09:43 ( 1 Month ago)
Flight operations at Tampere Airport resumed on Monday after completion of runway upgrading work, said a press release issued by Finavia, the company that operates the country’s airports.
Flight operations at the airport remained closed from July 17 to August 12 due to the renovation work.
The renovation work carried under a Finavia development and modernisation project started in April and was finished on August 12. Military and general aviation began their operations on the new runway the same day.
The first flight, an aircraft of Air Baltic, landed at the renovated airport in the early morning of Monday.
With an investment of more than EUR 17 million, the project has enhanced the airport’s capacity and thus contributes to the vibrancy of and accessibility to the entire Pirkanma region, reads the press release.
“Our airport is in a great shape now. We welcome all of Pirkanmaa to enjoy their fully modernised local airport. Tampere Airport has excellent connections to three important air traffic hubs: Helsinki, Riga and Stockholm. They offer passengers a fantastic range of connections to everywhere in the world. Direct flights from Tampere are available to Bremen, Budapest and, starting next autumn, Malaga,” said Finavia Airport Director and Area Manager Mari Nurminen.
Of the EUR 17 million project budget, Finavia used some EUR 15 million on expanding the apron and renewing the runway. In addition, the runway’s instrument landing system was renewed and precision approach procedures were improved for a sum of EUR 2 million.