Malmi Airport today
|Original details from the 1930's still adorn the architecturally acclaimed buildings of Helsinki-Malmi Airport. In the big hangar, smoking is prohibited in six languages: Finnish, Swedish, German, English, French and Polish.|
Today, Helsinki-Malmi Airport is a vigorous hub of general aviation in the capital region - and the only one. Although traffic declined in the early 1990's due to the economic depression and especially the introduction of VAT into training and maintenance services, the traffic has been increasing since the late 1990's. Even in the coldest season, about 2000-4000 flight operations are logged per month, and measured by landings Malmi Airport is the second-busiest airport in the country.
Helsinki-Malmi is the largest and most productive center of pilot education in Finland. One reason for this is the population distribution: about 20% of the whole Finnish population is concentrated around the capital region. The Airport is located conveniently within city limits and is thus easily accessible by local bus or train, making it possible for anyone interested in aviation to earn their wings there or just take the family out to the Airport's view balcony, restaurant or terrace café to spend a nice day out aircraft-spotting in a green, tranquil milieu full of aviation history, beautiful 1930's airport architecture and a unique atmosphere of living aviation tradition - a combination most rare in present-day Europe, where surviving pre-war international airports preserved in their original shape and size can be counted with fingers of one hand only.
In addition to being the home of several commercial pilot schools and aviation clubs, Helsinki-Malmi Airport is also a base of the Border Guard, the traffic control helicopter of the police and, until recently, the SAR helicopter rescue service. Complete with a passport control and Customs office, the Airport is constantly being developed as a general aviation airfield of high quality on the international scale.