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Trees around Ivalo Airport to be felled for flight safety

Published : 23 Apr 2021, 21:27

Updated : 24 Apr 2021, 00:46

  DF Report

Ivalo Airport. Photo: Finavia.

The operator of the country’s airports, Finavia, will fell trees that have grown to a height at which they cause obstruction to flights operation at Ivalo Airport.

The measure will ensure safe take-off and landing of large aircraft, in accordance with the aviation authority’s regulations, said Finavia in a recent press release.

At Ivalo Airport, trees will be removed from a 30-hectare area of land owned by Finavia. The work is scheduled for April and May 2021.

In total, Finavia owns more than 2,500 hectares of forest land around its 21 airports. Managing trees that cause obstruction is an important part of Finavia’s land ownership and the work is always carried out in accordance with Finavia’s forestry plan.

Some of the felled trees will go to the sawmill industry and some will be utilised in the paper industry.

Felling trees on the airport’s obstacle-limitation surfaces is a normal operation. It is done whenever trees reach the height limit set out in the regulations. The operation is regulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) and Traficom, which acts as ther national aviation authority in Finland.