All aviation activities are forbidden in prohibited areas. Besides conventional flight operations, aviation also includes flying remotely piloted aircraft and model aircraft, for example.
For special reasons, Trafi may grant permission for flying in a prohibited area. There are two types of permissions:
Application for a fixed-term permission must be submitted to Trafi at least 7 working days before the operations in the prohibited area are intended to begin. Single permissions must be applied for at least 3 working days before the operations in the prohibited area are intended to begin.
The application can be submitted using Trafi's form LU3630. You may fill in the form online, or print it out, fill in by pen and send the completed form by e-mail to Trafi’s registry: kirjaamo(at)trafi.fi and ilmatila(at)trafi.fi. A fee is charged for the permission as established in the Decree on Trafi’s service fees by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Permissions are granted on a case-by-case basis.
Other permissions may also be needed for operating in the area. Trafi's permission only gives the right to fly within the prohibited area. Permission for aerial photography must be separately applied for from the Defence Command, see AIP Finland GEN 1.8.
No permission is required for flights operated by military, border guard, police, customs, maritime or civil aviation authorities, or for flights conducted by rescue service, emergency care or patient transportation authorities or by entities authorised by them, when these authorities’ statutory duties or related exercises require flying within prohibited areas. Permission for flying in prohibited areas is not required for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) either.
Trafi may, for special reasons, grant permission for flying in the prohibited areas EFP35 Meilahti, EFP40 Munkkiniemi, EFP45 Luonnonmaa and EFP50 Kruununhaka after having heard the Prime Minister’s Office or the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland.
The permission can be granted for a fixed term that lasts to the end of the same calendar year at maximum. Fixed-term permissions can be granted e.g. to the media for the area EFP50 Kruununhaka, where public events are often organised around the Senate Square and the Market Square. In this case, the media company may list all aircraft operators that it uses in the same application, including their contact details.
Single permissions can be granted to operators who have an acute or sporadic need for aviation in a prohibited area. Single permissions are always granted on a case-by-case basis, for no more than two months at a time.
Trafi may, for special reasons, grant permission for flying in the prohibited area EFP20 Loviisa, EFP25 Olkiluoto or EFP30 Kilpilahti after having heard the Ministry of the Interior. However, no permission is required for flights specifically related to the maintenance, operation or use of the facility located in the prohibited area, or for aviation based on international obligations binding on Finland.
Single permissions can be granted to operators who need to fly in a prohibited area. Single permissions are always granted on a case-by-case basis, for no more than two months at a time.