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Plane-spotting hill to make way for highway

Sammonmäki, a popular Helsinki plane spotting site, is located on the route of a new highway. But there’s still time to object.

One of the most popular plane-spotting locations next to Helsinki Airport will most likely be closed off to the public in the near future, the airport says.

Sammonmäki Hill, located on the north side of the airport, is scheduled to be levelled to make way for a new highway, the Kehä IV ring road.

The rocky hill will be cut down completely and quarried, so that the site can become a location for the new highway.

Sammonmäki has been a popular destination for plane-spotters to photograph planes taking off and landing on Helsinki Airport’s Runway 1.

The exact schedule for the levelling of the hill is still unclear, but the rock material supplier MH-Kivi has been granted a permit to extract the land as well as to quarry and crush the materials from the ground.

But the permit may still be appealed, the airport adds.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to say when exactly the levelling of the hill will start or when the area will be closed off to plane-spotters,” says MH-Kivi CEO Pekka Pamppunen.

“We are, however, talking about the near future. The building of the new highway IV has already been decided in the zoning scheme of Tuusula city.”

The levelling of the hill is sad news for plane-spotters, but other airport users shouldn’t experience any disturbances because of the work, says Sami Simola, head of apron services.

“During possible detonations on the hill, there cannot be planes taking off or landing on Runway 1, but all of the work will take place outside the airport fences,” he explains.

The areas around Sammonmäki are owned by airport operator Finavia and Tuusula County. Besides the new highway, a new business park is also to be built in the area.

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