Funding has been secured for an extension of Akureyri airport, Vikublaðið reported with reference to Independence Party parliament member Njál Trausti Friðbertsson. Construction work on the first phase of the apron at Akureyri Airport has begun already. Plans are underway to begin construction of the terminal at Akureyri Airport as well as design changes to the current airport to meet the increased need for international flights.
Managing director of Isavia’s airport division Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir said that it would hopefully be possible to tender for the construction of the terminal in February next year, however it would depend on funding for the project. Njál Trausti points out that these projects were not included in the transport plan but in a proposal for a parliamentary resolution on a special temporary investment campaign presented by the Minister of Finance this spring.
“According to the plan, ISK 18 billion will come immediately, e.g. transport infrastructure and other infrastructure projects. Of this, ISK 200 million in the design of the expansion of the terminal and ISK 315 million to the apron, “says Njál Trausti. The aim of the project is to improve facilities and services for air passengers.
Following the funding for these two projects in the first financial year of the year, the projects were included in a new transport plan approved by the parliament in June. The full financing of the terminal building and the apron will then come through the investment plan that was presented this spring for the next three years, 2021-2023 and will be approved by the parliament when it meets again this autumn.