A Greenlandic parliamentarian complained that it now takes 9 hours to fly from Greenland to Iceland. The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service reports, without further explanation, that the Danish government is preventing direct flights between Greenland and Iceland from resuming.
A 3-year contract for flights between Reykjavík and Narsarsuaq expired in September. Both the Grænlandic government and the Icelandic government have subsidized the route with financing of ISK 25 million.
The Greenlandic parliamentarian, Ole Dorp, asked the liaison minister, Sigrídur Anna Thórdardóttir, why the contract had not been renewed. He said that Greenlanders would like to develop stronger relations with Icelanders. Ole said that it was evident the current arrangement provided for an artificial border; a flight that usually takes 1 hour now takes 9 hours.
Thórdardóttir said that Icelandic government had a strong desire for resuming direct flights.