Diverse temporary uses planned for Malmi airport
The Malmi airport will serve Helsinki as a venue for diverse events in the next few years after the closure of aviation activities at the airport and before the redevelopment of the area begins. The area freed from aviation is tens of hectares, which the city will lease either fully or in parts for diverse uses.
Information on the area’s temporary uses and on leasing space in the area is compiled on the Helsinki New Horizons website (page in Finnish).
Temporary aviation activities planned for three years
The Malmi airport will be transferred to the ownership of the City of Helsinki on 1 January 2017, when the Finnish airport operator Finavia closes its management of the Malmi airport. Non-professional and recreational aviation may continue at Malmi side by side with other temporary uses if a plan to that effect presented by the Malmi airport society (Malmin lentokenttäyhdistys) is approved.
The City of Helsinki Real Estate Committee has decided to lease an area of about 40 hectares in the western section of the airport to the Malmi airport society for uncontrolled aviation activities. That lease would expire on 31 December 2019.
The leased area would be situated in the vicinity of a north-south runway. The area could be used as a non-towered airport, that is, an airport with no air-traffic control unit, on the condition that the airport society is granted the necessary permits by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi and the environmental authority. If the lease agreement is signed, the airport society would be an independent aviation operator.
Homes for 25,000 people
Helsinki’s new long-term land use plan designates the Malmi airport area as the main new area in the city to be developed for housing. According to plan, the area will be zoned for 25,000 residents, and construction will take place in 2020–2040.
The City of Helsinki Real Estate Committee will decide in the near future on a more detailed plan for the area to serve as a planning guideline. According to the proposal, the airport area will be planned for a high-quality residential area that will link together all parts of northeastern Helsinki. The area will be planned with respect to history. The airport building, the hangar and their immediate vicinity will be preserved, and the designs for the area’s parks will honour the airport’s runways.