Malmi Airport could remain in its present shape

Friends of Malmi Airport Society
Press release 16 August 2007
Available for publication

- Maintaining the present activities of Malmi Airport and developing them on a smaller scale is an option which was not studied at all in the present survey. In our opinion this option would be the most economical and appropriate, says the Chairman of Friends of Malmi Airport, Mr. Tero Auranen about the latest airport survey (available as PDF, in Finnish only).

According to Mr. Auranen, a positive point in the survey published by the Ministry of Transport and Communications is that it openly admits that the capital region needs a separate general aviation airfield.

- The scope of the survey has clearly been limited to the development of heavier commercial aviation. That's why the alternatives presented are extremely expensive and difficult to realize from the point of view of the localities and the environment, says Mr. Auranen.

- Malmi, the second busiest airport in this country, has served Finnish aviation and pilot education with distinction. The Airport could well be developed from its present basis, preserving its character of a light air traffic hub and a valuable aviation-historical site. I put emphasis on the fact that the Ministry's survey states that also "some other solution may be reached" in the matter, Mr. Auranen points out.

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.

More information:

Tero Auranen, Chairman
Friends of Malmi Airport Society
Tel. +358 40 5729765