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Finnair Debuts Via Spa at Helsinki

Finnair, the national airline of Finland, has opened Via Spa as part of its new Via Lounge at Helsinki (HEL).

 “The high quality Via Spa will offer Finnair customers first-class spa and wellness services,” says Markku Remes, Finnair’s customer experience development manager. “For instance, the spa will offer four different types of sauna. There will be a spruce sauna and a stone sauna from the Alps, a steam sauna and a traditional Finnish sauna, which actually provides a view over a mineral water pool to the airport’s runways.”

The spa’s concept is based on German spa pioneer Paul Haslauer’s ideology and research and offers naturopathic treatments; all products are organic. Shorter services are designed for transit passengers, and there is a cold-water paddling pool and a mineral water pool to help with travel fatigue and jetlag.

 “A big step in the transformation of the Helsinki Airport terminal extension already took place in September when new shops opened their doors along with the 400-seat My City Helsinki restaurant world,” says Michael Maass, Finnair’s sales director for North America. “At the same time, we opened new departure gates and a seven-line security check area for arriving transit passengers.”

The Via Spa and Via Lounge are at the end of the new Helsinki Airport terminal extension. The lounge has room for about 250 customers and includes six private shower rooms, a buffet, a Via Bar and relaxation areas. There is also free Wi-Fi, work stations outfitted with computers and multi-purpose facilities. Services are provided in cooperation with SSP Finland Oy.

The Via Lounge is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, and the Via Spa is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Access to the Via Lounge is free for Finnair Business Class passengers and Finnair Plus Platinum/Gold/Silver card holders plus one guest, and to oneworld Emerald/Sapphire card holders plus one guest. Other customers who wish to use the facility are charged 45 euros per person.

The Via Spa offers free access for Finnair Plus Platinum card holders (no guests), and any customer wishing to use the service at a charge of 45 euros. Personal well-being treatments are available between noon and 8 p.m. for an additional charge.

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