Finavia, the Finnish airport operator, yesterday announced that Plaza Premium had won the public bidding process to operate a lounge in the non-Schengen part of the terminal extension that is scheduled to open in February 2019.
Plaza Premium lounges are usually available using Priority Pass, cash or invitation by an airline. There is no currently Priority Pass accessible lounge in the non-Schengen part of the Helsinki airport.
You can access Finavia’s page for the announcement here.
Here are some renditions of the lounge:
Here’s part of the press release:
Helsinki Airport’s wide range of services will be topped up with a new pay-in lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge, opening in February 2019 at non-Schengen terminal as a part of the terminal extension opens. The new lounge operator was selected through a public tendering process.
Being ranked as the best airport in Northern Europe, Finavia continues to further enhance customer experience at Helsinki Airport. In addition to the wide range of services, Finavia will be offering pay-in lounge services in collaboration with Plaza Premium Lounge, the world’s largest independent lounge network. Plaza Premium Lounge is set to open at non-Schengen terminal in February 2019 as a part of the terminal expansion of the new central plaza.
“At Helsinki Airport we work hard together with our partners to ensure a smooth, high-quality travel experience for our customers. Plaza Premium Lounge is a wonderful new addition to our ever-growing range of services, giving our 20 million annual passengers a possibility to relax before, after or between flights at Non Schengen terminal”, says Elena Stenholm, Vice President of Commercial Services at Helsinki Airport.
The new Plaza Premium Lounge Helsinki will offer excellent lounge services and facilities for travellers departing, transiting and arriving at Helsinki Airport. It will feature comfortable seating, a live kitchen, a bar, shower facilities, recharging stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, computer workstations, and a kid zone for family travellers to relax and unwind before their travel journey at Helsinki Airport.
“Our decision to expand to Helsinki Airport was a natural one. Finland is a major transit hub offering the shortest route between Europe and Asia. We look forward to extending our airport hospitality expertise in our third market in Europe. This partnership will be another major milestone in achieving our global ambitions.” shares Jonathan Song, Business Development Director of Plaza Premium Group.
It is good to have Plaza Premium lounge option in Helsinki too. It is in the non-Schengen part of the airport and won’t be available for those that are traveling intra-Schengen.
The Finnair non-Schengen lounge can be zoo during the times when the Asian flights are departing (I have yet to try to dry sauna!) and I would prefer having quieter area to work.
We certainly welcome more lounge options considering how the Helsinki-Vantaa airport has grown over the past decade or so. I flew out from the airport first time in 1990 to Los Angeles via Oslo and London on Pan Pam (how the time flies!).