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Reykjavík domestic airport to be moved?

A group of experts appointed by the Transport Minister and Reykjavík’s mayor to evaluate the location of Reykjavík domestic airport, has concluded that it is best to move it to Hólmsheidi, east of the city.

The report, which has not been made public yet, stated that it is disadvantageous to keep the airport in its current location in Vatnsmýri in central Reykjavík, Fréttabladid reports.

The group suggested the airport could be moved to the heath Hólmsheidi, near the lake Raudavatn, located on the eastern limits of the city. The group also suggested the airport could be moved to Keflavík, where Iceland’s international airport is located.

But more transport costs would be involved in having the domestic airport for Reykjavík in Keflavík, as Keflavík is further outside the city than Hólmsheidi, so the group concluded Hólmsheidi is the better option.

According to the report, Reykjavík City could make tens of billions (ISK 1 billion = USD 15 million EUR 11 million) on moving the airport from Vatnsmýri, because the land on which it stands is a valuable construction area.

The area is 134 hectares in size and the city could use approximately 123 hectares thereof for apartment construction. The rest has been reserved for the University of Iceland.

Minister of Transport Sturla Bödvarsson and Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson have not yet signed the report and it is unclear when it will be presented to the public.

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