Take a peek inside the renewed Finnair Lounge at Helsinki Airport
Warmth and cosiness. Travel without hassle and hurry. A moment of peace and quiet. Isn’t this just what you would expect when whiling away the hours at an airport?
Whether you want to enjoy a delicious meal, grab a quick coffee, continue to work, take a shower before your flight, or just sit back and relax, you’ll find the perfect spot in Finnair’s renewed lounge in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki Airport. The facilities are currently undergoing a total transformation and are being upgraded based on valuable feedback from Finnair’s customers.
“Our goal with the redevelopment of the non-Schengen Finnair Lounge is to elevate the lounge experience while also showcasing Nordic design, which creates a sense of calm before a flight,” says David Kondo, head of Cabin Interior Development at Finnair. “We worked together with customers and other stakeholders to really understand what matters. We have introduced new service concepts and really focused on the zoning of different spaces to reflect typical activities – whether you are just stopping by or using the time to unwind, work, or grab a bite to eat. There is surely something for everyone.”
So, what can Finnair customers expect?
Jukka Halminen, Senior Designer and Partner at Design Agency KOKO3 describes the Finnair Lounge as a living room space suited for chatting and socialising. “However, there are seats with screens for those guests who prefer privacy as well as a family zone for customers with children who are looking for their own space. The new open kitchen allows guests to see our chefs preparing delicious meals, and the business side of the lounge boasts a bar.”
Halminen adds that the look and feel of the renewed lounge is inspired by Nordic nature and ambiance. “The wall panels are made from Nordic oak and naturally bring out a warm and cosy feeling along with other materials like exposed stone and leather. And the lighting will be adjusted to the time of day to create just the right atmosphere,” says Halminen. The Nordic spirit is also visible in the furniture of which some are tailor-made by Finnish carpenters. “You’ll find some real Nordic design classics like Eero Arnio’s iconic Ball Chairs, lights by Artek, and Elbow Chairs from Carl Hansen.” notes Halminen.
The renewed Finnair Lounge and Platinum Wing will gradually open to Finnair customers by June 2019.