According to Jón Kristinn Snaehólm, assistant to the mayor of Reykjavík, the city will reject Iceland Express’ application for a lot to construct a new air terminal building for domestic and international flights near the city’s domestic airport.
“When we receive Iceland Express’ application, we’ll simply reply that the prerequisite for such a request is no longer at hand, because it has already been decided that this area will be used for Reykjavík University,” Snaehólm told Fréttabladid.
Snaehólm said he agrees with Iceland Express that competition on the domestic aviation market is needed, but since the future of the airport is uncertain, it is not the right time to discuss the airline’s requests.
Iceland Express CEO Matthías Imsland accused Snaehólm of not having examined the case in detail before commenting on it to the media. Snaehólm said that is not true.
According to urban planning, the lot in question has been reserved for Reykjavík University and a new transport center as confirmed in a meeting between the Mayor, Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson, and the aviation service ISAVIA in June, Snaehólm said.
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