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Paid Parking Begins at Regional Airports Today

By Erik Pomrenke

Reykjavík City Airport flugvöllur
Photo: Golli. Reykjavík City Airport.

Paid parking will begin today, June 25, at the domestic airports operated by Isavia, including Reykjavík, Egilsstaðir, and Akureyri.

Intended for parking lot maintenance

Isavia has stated that the introduction of paid parking at its major domestic airports is intended to cover expansion and renovation to the lots in question. Some are unhappy with the decision to charge for parking, calling it a tax on rural Icelanders, who need to fly to the capital area often to access services there.

Originally, Isavia only intended to provide 15 minutes of free parking at its domestic airports. Now, that time has been extended to 14 hours at the Egilsstaðir and Akureyri airports, to allow rural Icelanders to take day trips to the capital area, without paying for parking.

Protest the introduction of paid parking

Nevertheless, the decision to charge for parking has still proven unpopular with many Icelanders. One disgruntled Icelander protested the new fee by placing a red shirt over the new camera system, temporarily blocking license plates from view.

The man, Einar Ben Þorsteinsson, stated in a video that he posted on his personal social media that he wanted to protest the fee and encourage others to speak out. He also encouraged others to protest peacefully and not engage in any vandalism.

The shirt was removed shortly after the video was recorded.

New pricing schedule

The new pricing schedule is as follows:

At Reykjavik Airport, there are two parking zones – P1 and P2. In P1, the first 15 minutes are free, while in P2, the first 45 minutes are free.
At the Akureyri and Egilsstaðir airports, there is one parking zone. There, the first 14 hours are free. After that, a fee of 1,750 ISK per day is applied. After seven days, the daily fee decreases to 1,350 ISK, and after 14 days, it decreases to 1,200 ISK.
Payment for parking can only be made through the Autopay smart app, the Autopay website, and the Parka app. If none of these payment methods are used, an invoice according to the fee schedule will be sent to the vehicle owner’s online bank account, with an additional service fee of 1,490 ISK, two days after leaving the parking lot.

 

 

 

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