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Helsinki Airport offers boat, vehicle storage in empty car park

A decline in air travel has forced the operators of Finland's airports to think outside of the box. 

Finavian parkkihalli Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasemalla
Helsinki Airport car park. Image: Finavia

Airport operator firm Finavia has announced it is offering winter storage of cars and boats at Helsinki Airport's indoor car park.

The firm said that, for a fee, vessels and vehicles that do not exceed two metres in height can be stored in the P5 parking lot near the airport's Terminal 2.

"These times have made it possible for completely new innovation and customer services. Due to the corona crisis, there will be more space in the car park halls this winter. Normally we would not have the opportunity to do this," Finavia's director, Jukka Isomäki, said in a statement.

The devastating financial impact of the coronavirus crisis has also led to others to rethink their plans.

For example, in light of 500 furloughed workers, in-flight meal catering firm Finnair Kitchen has dipped its toe into land-based prepared meals, and began selling them at a supermarket earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the City of Vantaa helped set up drive-in movie showings in an empty Helsinki Airport parking lot over the summer. The cinematic event had been scheduled for spring, due to country-wide restrictions on public gatherings, but was postponed.

Helsinki Airport had been asked about the possibility of boat and vehicle storage in their lots, but until the coronavirus crisis, there was never enough space to do so, Finavia said.

Winter storage of a boat or vehicle at the airport costs 89 euros per month, with the storage period ending by the end of May at the latest, the firm said.

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