Finnish airport operator Finavia has announced an investment exceeding €15m to renovate runways at Helsinki, Kuopio and Kuusamo airports.

At Helsinki Airport, the operator will refurbish the transverse runway, the northern end of runway 2 (15/33).

The revamp will commence in May and conclude by early September.

Finavia said that the works will affect the landing directions in May–August.

It will also upgrade the electrical systems under the runway and the runway surface apart from improving the stormwater sewer system.

The company intends to spend a total of €8m this year in Helsinki Airport.

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Finavia will also carry out an overhaul of stormwater sewers and taxiways E and F at Kuopio Airport.

It will continue to upgrade the electricity networks, which started last year. The operator will invest €5m in Kuopio Airport this year.

Works at the airport will begin in May and end at the beginning of September, without disrupting air traffic.

At Kuusamo Airport, Finavia will refurbish the runway lighting system and apron surface with an investment of €2.5mn.

Finavia senior vice-president Henri Hansson said: “In the runway renovation projects, our goal is to improve the smoothness and safety of air traffic and to improve water protection and save electricity.

“Water protection is important because, by improving the control of stormwater flowing from runways, it is possible to protect the microbiota in the ditches and streams in the vicinity of airports.”

Overall, Finavia will invest around €10m in environmental upgrades such as water protection and energy efficiency projects.

Hansson added: “Our new sustainability programme guides our investment decisions and operations towards sustainable air travel. Reducing carbon emissions and preserving biodiversity is important to us, and we will also take this into account in this summer’s renovations.”