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Tips for travelling during the busy autumn holiday season

During the autumn holiday season, the number of passengers at Helsinki Airport and on our flights increases. Busy times are expected at the airport from time to time. In this article, you will find some tips on how to make your travel smoother.

Before travel

  • We recommend you to check-in beforehand to avoid queues at the airport. Advance check-in starts 36 hours before the flight departure either online on or with Finnair App. You can download the Finnair App (iOS or Android) here.
  • If you are travelling with extra baggage, you can pay the extra fee via Manage booking the previous day.
  • You can also bring your baggage to the airport already the previous evening. Baggage can be dropped off between 6 pm and 9.30 pm. One family member may hand in the baggage for the whole family if he or she can present all tickets and travel documents at once.
  • If you are travelling with your family, check our family travel pages for tips to prepare for your journey.
  • The flights may be full, and the space for carry-on baggage onboard is limited. To make your flight as smooth and comfortable as possible, it pays off to pack carry-on baggage light and tight.

On the day of departure

  • Please allow some extra time when arriving at the airport, because there may be queues for the check-in, bag drop and security check.
  • You can check-in for your flight at the self-service kiosks and hand over your bags through self-service bag drops in the departure hall. Please remember to print the bag tag at a check-in kiosk before leaving the baggage.
  • Please note that the parking arrangements at Helsinki Airport have changed. Parking halls P1 and P2 are closed. Parking halls P3 and P5 and outside parking area P4 are at your service.
  • Traffic in front of the airport is congested from time to time. To avoid congestion, you can only stop briefly in front of the terminal to drop someone off. The new place for dropping passengers off at Terminal 2 is on the arrivals level. If you want to accompany someone to the terminal or pick someone up from the airport, please use the short-term parking in P3.
  • Utilizing public transport or Finnair City Bus is an option to make the arrival at the airport smoother.

Allowed baggage

  • The baggage allowance is marked on your ticket, e.g. 1 PC means that you can check-in one bag max. 23 kg free of charge. The fee for carrying sports equipment depends on the baggage allowance of your ticket as well as how much other baggage you’re taking with you. Read more about travelling with sports equipment here.

For further information, we are happy to help you on Twitter @FinnairHelps, on Finnair Facebook and via chat on

We wish you a lovely holiday season!

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