The change in the City of Helsinki Urban Planning between 2014 and 2016

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In September 2014 the Helsinki-Malmi Airport was not part of the Urban Development Areas even previously in 2002 the City of Helsinki had already tried to destroy the airport to make way for a housing development project. Also earlier in April 2014 the Finnish Government had decided to withdraw Government operations (about 20 %) from the Helsinki-Malmi Airport and to move the General Aviation operations (about 80 %) to an another airport.

The “another airport” where the General Aviation operations should move to is still unknown as of May 2017. There isn’t any other major airports in the Helsinki area than the Helsinki-Malmi (EFHF) and the Helsinki-Vantaa (EFHK). The Helsinki-Vantaa is for scheduled air transport and does not have the capacity to take Helsinki-Malmi GA operations according to Finavia (Fall 2016).

Urban Development Areas as of October 2016: The “Malmi airport area” has been added to the map. Numbers of 25,000 residents and 2,000 jobs reported by the City of Helsinki are completely misleading. The numbers are reported for the whole Malmi  Urban development area of about 300 hectares as shown on the map.

The Helsinki-Malmi Airport area is just 138 hectares. In 2002 the City of Helsinki estimated that only about 10,000 new residents would fit to the airport area.

On the left: Currently the area is protected by the National Board of Antiquities (NBA) but the City of Helsinki wants to have the protection status removed to allow the urban development project to proceed and destroy the airport.

Helsinki-Malmi Airport: The change in the City of Helsinki Urban Planning between 2014 and 2016

Helsinki-Malmi Airport: The change in the City of Helsinki Urban Planning between 2014 and 2016

Original files and more information about the protection status:

http://en.uuttahelsinkia.fi/sites/default/files/attachments/news-articles/hki_esitys_exporeal2014_29092014_final_24diaa.pdf

http://en.uuttahelsinkia.fi/sites/default/files/attachments/news-articles/city_of_helsinki_urban_development_areas.pdf

http://www.nba.fi/fi/kulttuuriymparisto/rakennusperinto (in Finnish)