Despite years of planning, the transport center which was supposed to be built to the east of Reykjavík Domestic Airport is off the table, as became clear after a meeting between Minister of Transport Ögmundur Jónasson, Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr and Dagur B. Eggertsson, chairman of the City Council, yesterday.
An airplane preparing to land at Reykjavík Airport. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Instead it will be looked into how the facilities for employees and passengers to the west of the airport can be improved. Jónasson told Morgunbladid that canceling the plans for the transport center had been a joint decision.
However, the minister and Reykjavík City authorities disagree on the future location of the airport. Besti flokkurinn, the mayor’s party, would like to move it from the Vatnsmýri district and Jónasson would like it to remain in the current location.
Jónasson favors plans for better facilities at the airport. “It is less expensive for the aviation sector. There are existing airplane lots and facilities for the airplanes which make the project considerably less expensive.”
“Based on that, it is more sensible considering the economic difficulties to look towards the less expensive and more beneficial solution,” the minister concluded.
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