In April it was announced that the construction of a 3,200-square meter transport center in the Vatnsmýrin district in Reykjavík would begin this summer, which was supposed to create 80 to 90 jobs. Now it is uncertain whether construction will begin this year.
An airplane preparing to land at Reykjavík domestic airport in Vatnsmýrin. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Reykjavík City Council has yet to agree to begin a 100-day presentation process, after which constructions can begin, Fréttabladid reports.
In April city authorities and the Ministry of Transport made an agreement on the project and the pension funds declared their intent to finance it with loans.
The transport center, which is supposed to be built near Hotel Loftleidir, is to facilitate operations related to domestic flights and bus tours. The idea was to collect a fee for every sold ticket and in that way repay the pension funds.
Now the project has been on ice since April. City authorities decided to wait with the presentation process until after the elections in May and the new City Council hasn’t discussed the transport center.
The center has caused controversy among Reykjavík residents. Those who oppose having an airport in Vatnsmýrin believe that the transport center will establish the domestic airport in its current location, although the existing urban planning scheme will expire in six years. More than ten years ago, Reykjavík residents voted to move the airport from Vatnsmýrin.
Fréttabladid was unable to find out what the new chairman and vice-chairman of the urban planning council, Páll Hjaltason and Hjálmar Sveinsson, have to say about the transport center. The project’s organizational manager, Ólöf Örvarsdóttir, was also out of reach. The urban planning council will meet on August 11.
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