February Saturdays will be busy travel days at Helsinki Airport

Tuesday 8, February 2011


February Saturdays will be busy travel days at Helsinki Airport


Saturdays will be extremely heavy passenger traffic days for the entire month of February. A high volume of passengers will be departing from Helsinki Airport also during national winter sport holidays on 18-20.


Winter holidaymakers are asked to reserve enough time for check-in and security control, particularly if the flight is departing on a Saturday morning or afternoon.


When the winter holidays begin in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, heavy traffic is expected in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, beginning Friday at noon and running all the way until Sunday afternoon.


The airport website contains handy checklists and tips for passengers heading to the slopes as well as the sun. The website offers helpful information on everything from packing to check-in, parking and prohibited substances/materials.


The airport reminds all passengers that fluorine-based ski waxes, ski wax-removers and lock de-icers are listed as highly flammable substances. They may not be packed in checked baggage. It is also a good idea to read packing instructions for liquids.


Many airlines offer advance check-in services, which allows passengers to drop off their bags at the airport the night before travelling. Information on advance check-in service times is available at the airport website.


Use of kiosks can speed up departure times

Passengers can ensure themselves a quick, convenient check-in process using the self-service check-in kiosks. The kiosks can also be used when checking in skis, backpacks or other checked bags. After checking in, passengers can bring their checked baggage to their airline's baggage drop counter.


Passengers travelling to Asia, the Middle East, North America and non-Schengen countries (such as Great Britain and Ireland) are asked to try the new border control kiosks, which speed up the passport check. The user-friendly kiosks may be used by holders of biometric passports.



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