Extension of Akureyri airport part of crisis package

26.03.2020 - 11:37
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 Mynd: Gunnlaugur Starri Gylfason - RÚV
The Icelandic government has announced that the extension of Akureyri airport terminal and the airport apron will be among the projects that will start sooner than planned as a part of the response package to the COVID-19 crisis, introduced last Saturday in Harpa concert hall.

The project will be put out to tender this spring and it is estimated that it will create jobs for around 40 people locally. 

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Transport and Local Government, announced this on his Facebook-site on Tuesday. The Akureyri airport extension was not initially included in the five year transportation plan and last autumn people in the north of the country protested strongly.  Sigurður Ingi then said that the project had not yet been financed. 

In addition to the airport extension in Akureyri, the asphalt on Egilsstaðir airport's runway will be renewed as soon as possible. Five to six hundred million krónur will be spent to start these projects this year. 

“It is very important to react promptly but also make long-term plans if possible during the very difficult situation our society is wrestling. Keep on building roads, airports, harbours so our society is prepared when the COVID-19 pandemic is over. In spite of the crash of the tourism industry there is a great need for building infrastructure and airports are the key factors of the response package,“ minister Sigurður Ingi says. 

The minister also announced that another package is being prepared which will take to the years 2021-2023 and more information about these projects will be published there. 

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