Finland's Finavia announced (27-Sep-2012) plans to restructure the organisation of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The restructuring programme is designed to support the airport's intention of being a customer-oriented and cost-effective business. Up to 20 jobs may be terminated and major changes may be made to employment terms as part of the programme. Helsinki Airport director Ville Haapasaari said, "the competition between transit stations in Europe is becoming more intense, and it is important that we serve our customers at Helsinki Airport in a flexible and customer-oriented way, not forgetting cost-effectiveness." [more - original PR]
Helsinki Airport to commence restructuring programme
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