The effects of the coronavirus can also be seen at Finavia ’s airports as airlines have cancelled a significant number of flights in February–April. Especially the new cancellations concerning the domestic airports will significantly reduce the operation volumes and passenger numbers.
Regular scheduled flights from Jyväskylä airport, Kokkola-Pietarsaari airport and Kemi-Tornio airport have been canceled in 1–30 April 2020. The number of flights at Helsinki Airport and several other airports has substantially decreased.
Finavia will adjust its operations to the changed situation and start cooperation negotiations on temporary lay-offs. The negotiations are targeted at permanent personnel. The negotiations concern approximately 950 employees. Lay-offs would last 12–90 days depending on the unit and work tasks.
Finavia will also seek to make savings by cutting operating costs.
Finland has adopted an approach similar to that of the UK in trying to tackle the virus, allowing shops, restaurants and public services to operate normally, while many other European countries have imposed stringent lockdowns to try to slow the spread of the disease.
Finland’s government today decided to ban all public events of more than 500 people until the end of May.
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Finland crept up by 16 to 243 on Sunday.