Article - 28/07/2015

Location Study for a New Airport in Reykjavik Area

Mannvit was the lead consultant for a steering committee looking at the location options for a new airport for the Greater Reykjavik area. Members in the steering committee included officials from Reykjavik city and Icelandair Group. Ragna Arnadottir was the committee’s Chairman, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, Matthías Sveinbjörnsson from Icelandair and Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson, from Reykjavik city. 

Mr. Hermannsson, from Mannvit’s infrastructure department was the Project Manager of the report and worked closely with the committee. Mannvit evaluated five sites (including the adaptation to the current site), performing various tasks, including:  infrastructure analysis, air ambulance transport times and distance from the main hospital, obstacle limitations, maps, basic design of runways, landside, access facilities, preliminary cost estimations, as well as environmental impact of the airports.

The steering committee concluded the area of Hvassahraun as the most promising site for future development, taking into account factors such as weather, space, obstacles, cost and environment for a new airport in Greater Reykjavik to take over operations from the current domestic airport (RKV). If a consensus forms, the committee proposes setting up a joint preparatory company for the purpose of assessing operational conditions at Hvassahraun comprehensively before any further action is taken. 

 

The steering committe report can be found here in Icelandic.