Airpro has made a significant investment in electric deicers to be used at Helsinki Airport, the first such investment in the Nordics.

Finnish ground handling specialist Airpro has placed a €4m order with Denmark-based Vestergaard for four Elephant e-BETA deicers. The units will be delivered ahead of the coming winter season.

The investment makes Airpro the first ground handling company in Finland to be able to offer electric de-icing services. It also makes Helsinki Airport the first airport in the Nordics and fourth in the world to have electric deicers.

“This investment shows our dedication to creating high-quality green ground handling for our customers. There would have been more affordable diesel units in the market, but even in these challenging times in our industry, we want to continue according to our fleet strategy and focus on energy and emission efficiency in all our GSE,” said Airpro acting managing director Joona Hurmerinta.

The Vestergaard Elephant e-BETA deicer was launched last year after final testing. According to the manufacturer, it reduces emissions of both greenhouse gasses and sound, as well as improving working conditions for its users.