This is how celebrities arrived at the airport

2.7.12 at 15:01

Back in the old days, the arrival of film stars, musicians and other celebrities by air to Finland was noticed and covered impressively in the news. The photos in the exhibition are from such events. Alfred Hitchcock, Lasse Virén, Armi Kuusela, Marlon Brando, Pope John Paul II and of course, Urho Kekkonen have all passed through Helsinki Airport.

In the past, celebrities were greeted by a large number of fans and the curious in addition to journalists and photographers. They often got very close to the plane. Nowadays, many world stars arrive in Finland quietly and without a fuss. Photography is restricted, and the flight schedules of public figures are often kept secret.

The nostalgic photo exhibition can be found in the entrance lobby of Terminal 2, where people can wait for arriving passengers. Everyone visiting the airport has free-of-charge, unrestricted access to the area. The celebrity exhibition at Helsinki Airport will be on display until January 2013.

All the photos in the exhibition are from the archives of the Aviation Museum. The exhibition is produced by Finavia, Finnair, Aviation Writers of Finland, Kameralehti, Dialab and Epson. The main organiser is Merja Ailama-Mäkitalo.

The airport also has another unique photo exhibition which provides a special view to the 60-year history of Helsinki Airport. The interesting pictures combine the airport's old black-and-white photos with colour pictures taken this spring.
The photo collages are by Markus Kontiainen.

The "Same place - different time" exhibition is displayed on the new viewing terrace, to which everyone visiting the airport has free-of-charge and unrestricted access. The viewing terrace is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Both photo exhibitions are part of Helsinki Airport's 60th anniversary festivities arranged by Finavia. Inspired by the design year, they are also related to the Finavia Art Port art gallery concept, which intends to increase passenger comfort and improve the customer experience. Finavia's Helsinki Airport is the main partner of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.