Decisions on temporary uses of Malmi airport expected in late 2016
The City of Helsinki has sought partners and tenants for temporary uses of the Malmi airport after the airport closes for aviation at the turn of 2017. The City received approximately 10 inquiries during the application period in September.
The inquiries were related to both aviation and other activities. An aviation-related proposal came from the Malmi airport association (Malmin lentokenttäyhdistys ry), which seeks an extension of aviation activities and the use of the Malmi airport as a non-towered airport, that is, an airport with no air-traffic control unit.
The decisions based on the applications for temporary uses of the airport should be made in November. The criteria used in the assessment of the applications include the suitability of the proposed activity for the airport and whether the applicant possesses the financial and other prerequisites to organize the activity.
Airport to be managed by the City from year-end
The management of the Malmi airport will be handed over to the City of Helsinki on 1 January 2017, when Finland’s airport and air navigation services provider Finavia terminates the operation of Helsinki-Malmi Airport.
The City plans to develop the Malmi airport area for 13,500 housing units and 25,000 residents in 2020–2040.
Before development goes underway, the area – either all or parts of it – can be leased for diverse temporary uses. Very short-term uses for various purposes are also possible. The City’s goal is to enable various tenants to operate in the area side by side.
The current land and property leases can also be continued. The majority of the airport’s current tenants have announced their wish to continue operations in the area as tenants of the City of Helsinki after the turn of the year.