Finavia to start using a coating that destroys viruses and bacteria at Helsinki Airport

posted on 16th September 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Finavia to start using a coating that destroys viruses and bacteria at Helsinki Airport

Airport company Finavia will start using Finnish technology company Nanoksi Finland Oy’s coating solution at Helsinki Airport.

The coating can be used to remove viruses and bacteria from airport surfaces and furniture.

“We are continuously keeping track of new methods and products to ensure a high level of hygiene at the airport,” says Sami Kiiskinen, Finavia’s Vice President, Airport Development for Helsinki Airport.

“This nanotechnology-based coating, which is sprayed on contact surfaces and furniture, makes it easier to keep surfaces clean. The coating destroys pathogens with the help of light and air”.

The coating is sprayed on targets such as check-in counters, machines, departure gates and toilet facilities. The coating lasts for a long time, even though the furniture is wiped several times a day.

The Nanoksi solution has been tested at the airport since early summer and, thanks to the good results, Finavia has decided to start using it in September 2021.

“In an airport environment, it’s important that the chosen surface materials are durable, easy to clean and dirt-resistant,” Kiiskinen says.

“Choices related to efficient cleaning are taken into account already at the terminal’s design stage. This is one reason why the airport has a lot of glass and metal surfaces that are easy to keep clean”.

The effectiveness of the Fotonit photocatalytic coating developed by Finnish nanotechnology company Nanoksi Finland Oy has been confirmed by research at the University of Tampere.

Photocatalysis can destroy 98% of pathogens such as influenza viruses in two hours.

The coating has been awarded the Key Flag Symbol as an indication of its high domestic content.