Demo event 2.10.2019: Experience the autonomous snow removal pilot at the Helsinki Airport

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Automatic robot vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers are already reality, but can the same idea be applied to airport snow removal? Five Finnish companies, each a specialist in their own field, joined forces in finding new ways to clear runways in Nordic climatic conditions.

The concept includes programming optimized runway clearing patterns for a special unmanned, autonomous tractor running on low-emission biofuel, pulling effective snow clearing equipment and ensuring optimal driving properties with top-notch tires. The Runway Snowbot gives a glimpse of what the future will bring for airport snow clearing.

The Runway Snowbot experiment was carried out at the European Union’s northernmost airport Ivalo in Finnish Lapland in March 2019. Join the demo event and test the equipment yourself!

Where: Helsinki Airport (apron)
When: Wednesday 2 October 2019 at 12.00 to 15.00

All participants will meet at 12.00 at Turbiinikuja 6, Vantaa, Finland. We will go through security check to the apron. Detailed arriving information will be sent to the participants per email.

Sign up per email by Monday 30 September:


Finavia, Valtra, Neste, Nokian Tyres and Fortbrand


12.00 Meeting and going through security to the apron
12.30 Runway Snowbot: vision and solutions
13.30 Driving to the demo area
14.00 Test driving possibility
14.45 Driving back to Turbiinikuja 6
15.00 Closing the event


Finavia media desk
+358 20 708 2002

For further information, please contact: Finavia Media Desk, tel. +358 20 708 2002,

Finavia provides and develops airport services with a focus on safety, customer-orientation and cost efficiency in Finland. Finavia’s comprehensive network of 21 airports enables international connections from Finland — and to areas throughout Finland. Helsinki Airport is the leading Northern European transit airport for long-haul traffic. In 2018, corporate revenue totalled MEUR 377 and the number of employees was 2,850.