FoMA's autumn meeting 2009

Press release 27 November 2009
Friends of Malmi Airport Society
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Kai R. Lehtonen (at right) received the Certificate of Honor from FoMA's Chairman Raine Haikarainen.
Kai R. Lehtonen (at right) received the Certificate of Honor from FoMA's Chairman Raine Haikarainen.

The statutory autumn meeting of Friends of Malmi Airport Society was held on 26 November. The events of the year 2009 and the activities of the Society were recapitulated, and the economic plan and activities for the next year were presented.

The foremost issue discussed was the environmental impact assessment of the general aviation airfield of Helsinki region, which is to begin in the near future. The alternatives to be considered are Malmi Airport with changed runway direction, relocation of the airfield to Porvoo or Mäntsälä, and keeping the Airport at Malmi in its present form.

A new Board for the next season was also elected at the meeting. Dr. Raine Haikarainen will continue as Chairman, and the other members of the Board in 2010 will be the same as before.

The Friends of Malmi Airport Certificate of Honor No. 7 was awarded to Mr. Kai R. Lehtonen in recognition of decades of active publicity work for aviation and Malmi Airport.

The Friends of Malmi Airport Society is a non-profit citizens' association founded in 2002 to support and develop the operational preconditions of the historic Airport. The Society has about 900 members and its petition to save Malmi Airport has at the moment been signed by more than 51.000 people.