Vaasa regional airport in Finland is to benefit from state funding worth up to €3m following the European Commission’s approval of government plans to invest in improvements to the facility’s infrastructure. The proposed upgrade to the airport’s cargo handling capabilities aims to strengthen the underdeveloped air transport links in the Ostrobothnia region where Vaasa is located and in consequence benefit companies situated in the area. The Commission consented to the investment on the basis that it is in line with its Guidelines on financing of airports and the EU’s 2007 Action Plan for airport capacity which stresses the need to develop regional airport facilities as part of a wider European transport system.