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Disability Assistance

To ensure that you have a pleasant flight, please inform us in advance about any disabilities and need for assistance. If required, we will provide you with an assistant who can help you move around the airport and make your way to the aircraft. There are also wheelchairs at all airports available for use between check-in and boarding the aircraft.

Before you travel

Please notify us of your disability or need for assistance when you book your ticket. If you have already made the reservation you can call our local service number in Finland +358 9 818 0800 or use this form. In order to anticipate the resources needed, please contact us latest 48 hours prior to your flight departure.

If you’ve bought your flights or holiday package from a tour operator, please contact your tour operator directly.

Wheelchairs and mobility aids are always carried at no extra cost provided that you let us know about this equipment latest 48 hours before departure and there is room for it in the hold of the aircraft. For more information, see Wheelchairs.

Travelling with assistance dogs

Dogs that are specifically trained to assist disabled passengers are carried free of charge in the cabin on all our flights. If you are travelling with your guide dog, hearing dog or service dog, please let us know at least 48 hours before departure.

At the airport

Within the European Union, it is the responsibility of the airport to assist disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility.

If you require, an assistant will come and meet you when you arrive at Helsinki Airport. Alternatively, you can also go directly to the check-in desk.

If you need assistance, report to one of the pick-up points marked with the international disabled access symbol at least two hours before flight departure. At Helsinki Airport the pick-up points are located in the P3 (level 2) and P5 (level –2) car parks, on the departures level outside Terminal 2 and in check-in area 201–232. Disabled parking spaces are also available.

If you do not need assistance getting to the check-in desk but will require assistance during or after check-in, please ensure that you report to the check-in desk at least one hour prior to flight departure.

There is a dedicated check-in desk at Helsinki Airport for passengers needing assistance. The desk is labelled ”Special Passengers” and it is marked with the corresponding international symbols. The Special Passengers desk is open during rush-peaks, and at other times customers needing assistance can use other desks. If you wish, staff will assist you all the way from the check-in desk onto the aircraft.

You will be allowed to board the aircraft before the other passengers, so that our staff can ask you about your need for in-flight assistance and more easily assist you onto the plane, if required. For this reason, we recommend that you arrive at the departure gate at the latest 45 minutes before the departure time when travelling within Europe and at least 50 minutes before the departure time when travelling to or from an intercontinental destination.

For more information on services for passengers with reduced mobility, please visit the Helsinki Airport page opens in a new window.

During your flight

Due to safety reasons, passengers with confirmed wheelchair assistance to/from the seat will be seated by the window.

All Finnair aircraft have number of seats with movable armrest for your ease of access.

Finnair does not supply assistive devices, such as elevating seat cushions, so you must be able to sit in a regular aircraft seat.

All our intercontinental flights operated with Airbus A330-300 and A350-900 aircraft are equipped with a wheelchair for visiting the toilet. Please contact our customer service for more information.

On these aircraft, the cabin crew will help you set up the chair and move it in the cabin upon request. Please note that you must be able to lift yourself to and from the seat on your own or with the help of your own assistant.

If you require help in taking medication, eating, visiting the toilet, getting up or communicating, you must be accompanied by a personal assistant.

If you'd like to learn more, please contact our customer service.

After your flight

When you arrive at your destination, you will be met by a member of staff, who will provide all the assistance you need to continue your journey. If you need help disembarking from the aircraft, this will happen after the other passengers have left, so that we have more space and time to assist you.

After disembarking, you will be assisted all the way to your next mode of transportation (a connecting flight, car, taxi or bus).

Special needs complaints on US flights

Part 382 of the US Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) opens PDF document prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel and applies to carriers operating flights to and from the US. During the operating hours of flights to and from the US, Finnair has trained Complaint Resolution Officials on duty at Helsinki Airport and JFK International Airport to resolve disability complaints.

If you need to make a complaint after your flight, you should do so to the Finnair Customer Relations in Helsinki – please use the feedback form.