Finland’s Helsinki Airport has announced that it will reopen its third runway on 3 August after more than four months of closure.

The runway was closed due to the reduced air traffic amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Considering the increasing operation numbers, the airport has planned to reopen the runway.

Airport operator Finavia stated that aircraft noise had been focused on certain areas due to the closed runways.

Once the airport returns to normal landing and take-off routes, the effects are expected to decrease.

The opening of the runway will lead to better noise management, which reduces the airport’s environmental effects.

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In May, Finavia announced that it will gradually lift the restrictions that were put in place to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

Finavia also decided to continue with the Helsinki Airport Development Programme despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In April, Finavia estimated that the company will suffer a €100m loss in revenue for this year due to the pandemic.

The company has published an air traffic statistics report revealing that the number of air passengers for all its airports fell by 20.1% between January and March.

In a separate development, DroneShield has completed the trial deployment of DroneSentinelTM system at a mid-tier airport in Europe.

Integrated telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom managed the trial.

The company expects that the evaluation will shape the needs for a large multi-million tender for European airports that will be released before the end of this year.

In 2018, DroneShield secured certification to use its range of drone-combatting products at airports in the US.