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Will the US leave Keflavik Airport non-operational?

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV, reports that Keflavik Airport could be non-operational when the US leaves in September of this year. RÚV quotes Gudmundur Gunnarsson, head of the Icelandic Electrician’s Union saying that it is “quite uncertain” if the electricity and communications infrastructures at Keflavik will function after the US departure since electricians are currently removing and packaging relevant equipment.

Gudmundur said it appeared that the Icelandic government was unaware of the problem. The electricity and communications infrastructure of the US military extended to the entire airport and if it was removed the airport would be “disconnected.”

Gudmundur said his union was “seriously concerned” about the employees of the US-led Iceland Defense Force. The Icelandic government must ensure they could leave their jobs “with respect.”

Gudmundur is the father of Iceland’s most famous citizen, the popular-music artist Björk.

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