Aviation operations at Malmi after the turn of the year
Malmi Airfield Association has an indeterminate-length lease agreement for the land used for air operations, terminated to end on December 31, 2019 by the City of Helsinki. By unanimous decision of its Board, Malmi Airfield Association has challenged this decision in the district court. The association has long sought to negotiate with the city and hopes to be heard in this way.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency Traficom has stated that it will not be able to revoke the operating permit of Malmi Airport as long as the termination of the land lease agreement is pending in court. The environmental permit is also valid for the time being.
There are still many aircraft at Malmi Airport that have not been relocated. For many aircraft, there is no place for relocation. Hangars and runways are under construction elsewhere, but they are far from complete. The environmental permits of existing airfields, even when summed together, only cover a part of the need. The association has taken steps to ensure that the operations of users of Malmi Airport without any other place to go are not unduly affected if Malmi’s operations are terminated. In its complaint to the district court, the association is seeking, through a change in the terms of the lease, additional time for the flight operations to adjust so that the lessor’s first possible date of terminating the lease is June 30, 2022.
Malmi Airport is not expected to be closed at the turn of the year, but the association will continue to operate it normally. The association will also continue to pay rent, keep up maintenance and fulfill its other obligations after the turn of the year. Membership and landing fees next year will be the same as this year. New season card prices will be announced in the coming days.
Malmi Airport is open to everyone. Non-aviators are also welcome, for example, to take a look at airplanes in the café-restaurant of the round terminal. We hope that we can continue to work with the City of Helsinki to maintain a diversified use of the airfield, including aviation.