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Finavia to hand Enontekiö Airport over to municipality in July

Published : 17 Nov 2020, 01:06

Updated : 17 Nov 2020, 10:39

  DF Report

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Enontekiö Airport, Press Release Photo by Finavia.

Finavia, the company that operates Finnish airports, and the Municipality of Enontekiö on Monday signed a contract to transfer the ownership of Enontekiö Airport to the municipality, said a Finavia press release.

The ownership of the airport will be transferred to the Municipality of Enontekiö in July 2021 and the airport will remain a part of Finavia’s airport network until then.

From July 2021, the airport will be maintained by the Municipality of Enontekiö. Finavia will support the municipality in the transitional stage as much as possible so that the ownership and starting the operations of the airport would move forward as smoothly as possible.

“Giving up the airport was a big and tough decision for us—something we did not take lightly. The accessibility of Finland and great connections for Finns are crucial to us. However, we found ourselves in a difficult position when the Enontekiö runway and terminal buildings reached the end of their lifecycle and, because of the low traffic volumes, we didn’t have the opportunity to invest in a significant renovation,” said Finavia CEO Kimmo Mäki.

Enontekiö Mayor Jari Rantapelkonen said the municipality will ensure the continuity of flights during the 2021–2022 season and is looking for private partners to participate in the operations. After the transaction, the accessibility and tourism of Enontekiö will be developed from the starting points of the arctic area.

Enontekiö Airport was completed 40 years ago, and it has been part of Finavia’s airport network since 1988.

The air traffic in Enontekiö has been largely concentrated to a few winter months, and the airport has catered to international tourist flights. Regular route traffic ended in 2018.