Helsinki airport – building site’s parking horror

Your correspondent made a quick trip to Stockholm on a morning flight. Taking the car was a reasonably cheap and cheerful solution especially when you can book a parking spot the day before in T2 for some €23.

But on arriving at T2, there was a red sign saying that the T2 parking was full. Readers should note that the the airport’s parking buildings are being renovated, just in time for the holiday rush! You can be sure that 25% of the spaces are closed for renovation…

The Finavia website had already mentioned that a parking spot was guaranteed but where? Good question and good luck finding one!

It turned out that parking there is like looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack. 10 minutes of frustrated searching for nothing, with the clock ticking, your correspondent made the punishable move of leaving the car in half a space with the car’s nose poking out well beyond the white lines!

Then the walk to T2 security check for Norwegian was fine, if you like broken escalators, and plenty of building work rubbish. The lifts were filthy and… guess what – they have installed a  huge blue water post where you can buy water! So much for Helsinki’s “CleanTech the World’s Cleanest Water…” – a chip rip off…

Then Norwegian still have their morning flights leaving from T1 (Gate 17) even though their ticket machines are in T2. So a nice walk past the Duty Free wasteland and then, and then… try to find a seat at Gate 17!!!

What a mess…

The only good news is that the parking folk who called me and to whom I called were friendly and calm – a state of mind that I was not enjoying.

We need better management to get things organised at the airport – of course there was no mention of the parking building renovation on the parking website…

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