Finavia and Capital Airports Holding (CAH) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) establishing a sister airport agreement between Helsinki Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.
The parties hope the MoU will develop and strengthen the connection between Finland and China, particularly between Helsinki and Beijing. Finavia and CAH intend to establish best practices and share knowledge, create co-marketing activities in respective home markets, exchange personnel and build competence. Staff exchanges between Helsinki and Beijing Capital airports are expected to begin in 2016.
Finavia, Helsinki Airport’s operator, chief executive officer (CEO), Kari Savolainen says: “Cooperation with the largest airport operator in China is no doubt a remarkable milestone for us. It will contribute to the attractiveness of both operators’ airports and to the development opportunities of the Finland-China routes.”
“For Helsinki Airport, it represents an outstanding opportunity to develop a competitive edge regarding the Asian and especially the Chinese market in comparison to other airports in Northern Europe.”
CAH president and CEO, Liu Xuesong, who is also chairman of Beijing Capital International Airport, says: “We value highly the establishment of sister airport relationship with Finavia. We see Finavia as one of the leading and most competent airport groups … We look forward to our cooperation.”
Finnair operates daily flights between Helsinki and Beijing using an Airbus A350 and direct services to Chongqing Airport, also managed by CAH.