With over 17 million passengers per annum, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the fourth busiest in the Nordic countries. It's also a very important transfer hub for flights between Europe and Asia, boasting transfer times that are among the shortest in any European country. Finland's wintry weather is handled with skill and efficiency, and the airport goes to great lengths to reduce the impact on the environment. Add to this the friendly service and high rate of punctuality, and you'll find travelling via Helsinki one of the most pleasurable flying experiences you've ever had. A total of 33 airlines operate here, including well-known companies such as British Airways, Iberia, and Lufthansa. Naturally Finland's own Finnair covers many international destinations. You will also find long-haul destinations courtesy of Air China, United, and Singapore Airlines - to name but a few. Helsinki has two terminals, so be sure to check whether you're flying into and out of Terminal 1 or 2! If you need to transfer between terminals, don't stress - the two buildings are connected with a covered corridor of around 300m long, so you won't get cold or have to run! It's always wise to get to the airport early, so if you find yourself with a couple of hours to while away after clearing security and passport control, there's plenty of diversions on offer. Helsinki-Vantaa offers a wide selection of shopping and refreshments, including luxury brands such as Longchamp and Bulgari. Naturally there are also opportunities to pick up some Scandinavian gifts, courtesy of Finspiration and the Moomin shop - with books available in several languages. And with over 30 establishments offering food and drink throughout the terminals and at the gates, you're sure to find something that suits.