Europa Nostra Programme 2016: Helsinki-Malmi Airport shortlisted for The 7 Most Endangered 2016
by Dag Englund and Vera Rosendahl, Helsinki, Finland, 1936-1938
"Built in the mid-1930´s in the functionalist architectural style, the Helsinki-Malmi Airport is one of the best preserved still active pre-World War II international airports in the world. With about 40.000 landings per year, Malmi is by far the busiest airport in Finland after Helsinki´s Vantaa International. The terminal and hangar are in good shape thanks to good maintenance over the years. The airport is now under serious threat from a new development project. The City of Helsinki´s new General Plan proposes that the site be used for new residential development to be constructed in the early 2020s. Europa Nostra Finland, supported by the Friends of Malmi Airport (FoMA), submitted the nomination for "The 7 Most Endangered 2016", advocating that the site can continue as a training and commercial airport with added value from cultural tourism and its free-schedule services, which are otherwise unavailable within a 150km radius."
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