Finavia’s development programme at Helsinki Airport has already created new jobs equal to 3,000 person years and is having a significant impact on the Finnish economy it says. By the beginning of November 2016, the programme has already offered new jobs equalling 3,000 person-years. The programme has mainly been implemented using Finnish labour.
For every one million new passengers there will be one thousand new jobs at Helsinki Airport, says Kari Savolainen, CEO of Finavia.
The passenger volume at Helsinki Airport is expected grow from the current 16 million to 20 million by 2020. The development programme will create roughly 5,000 new permanent jobs at the airport. At the moment, Helsinki Airport employs directly or indirectly some 20,000 people in more than 1,500 companies.
Air traffic accounts for approximately three per cent of the Finnish GDP and, directly or indirectly, employs 100,000 people. The aviation industry pays EUR 2.5 billion in direct and indirect taxes to the state.
Located next to the airport, Aviapolis is the most rapidly growing business area and employment centre in the Helsinki region with more than 1,000 companies and 35,000 employees. In 2018, Aviapolis Studios, a new media and entertainment centre, will open in the area. In October 2016, Norway-based Nordic Choice Hotels opened two Clarion hotels in Finland, one right next to Helsinki Airport.
The objective of Finavia’s EUR 900 million development programme is to strengthen the position of Helsinki Airport among international airports and as an important hub between Europe and Asia.