Finnair building new cargo terminal in HEL

Growing cargo volumes on the back of Finnair’s A350 orders, the Nordic carrier will build a brand new state-of-the-art, highly automated cargo terminal at Helsinki Airport (HEL) with work slated to begin shortly, to be operational in 2017.


Finnair building new cargo terminal in HEL


Growing cargo volumes on the back of Finnair’s A350 orders, the Nordic carrier will build a brand new state-of-the-art, highly automated cargo terminal at Helsinki Airport (HEL) with work slated to begin shortly, to be operational in 2017.

“Cargo revenue is an important revenue source for Finnair, with approximately 17 per cent of intercontinental revenue coming from cargo,” said Juha Järvinen, Finnair, chief commercial offi cer. “Over 80 per cent of shipments transported by Finnair Cargo is transit freight and Finnair’s new Airbus A350 fl eet will bring 50 per cent more cargo capacity by year 2020. Th erefore, it is essential that we also have a new cargo terminal to ensure smooth handling of these growing cargo fl ows,” he said.

The 35,000 sqm terminal will include special cargo handling areas for pharmaceutical and life science products, as well as perishable products, including fi sh and seafood. Pharmaceutical goods, such as vaccines or biotech medicine, form the most rapidly growing sector in air freight industry, and these goods are also among the most fragile products transported by air, which makes it imperative that they are transported according to strict temperature control regulations. Both the Pharma and Seafood sections of the new terminal ensure special cargo handling in appropriate temperature conditions.