Does Northern Norway’s Nordland county really want three new airports? Mates of the Earth Norway says no.
Plans are in place to construct new airports with full-size runways in Bodø, Rana and the Lofoten islands. Along with the prevailing Evenes airport, this might imply 4 full-size airports serving a county of simply 250,000 individuals.
A spokesperson from Mates of the Earth Norway (Naturvernforbundet) mentioned that new main airports should not wanted “as a result of individuals will wish to journey much less after the pandemic.” It is a view validated by an NRK survey suggesting that after the pandemic is over, 36% of Norwegians will travel less then before.
Within the occasion that journey demand returns, the group claimed constructing the airports could have “too nice an impression” on the surroundings and the local weather: “A society that’s planning increasingly more journeys could have main issues in reaching the local weather objectives we want.”
The three new airport tasks
Plans are in place to relocate the prevailing Bodø airport by half a mile to make room for a brand new metropolis district, at a complete value of NOK 5.7 billion ($671 million). It is going to be one of many greatest ever city redevelopment tasks in Norway.
In the meantime, the federal government has allotted NOK 1.8 billion ($212 million) to construct a brand new airport in Rana, to be referred to as the Arctic Circle airport. The airport has assist from native leaders in Mo i Rana, the place the brand new airport would change a smaller, short-runway airport, however leaders in the remainder of the area are not so keen.
The picturesque Lofoten islands is served by two small short-runway airports that may solely deal with propeller planes. At this time, most air vacationers to Lofoten should change planes at Bodø. At a value of NOK 2.5 billion ($294 million), a brand new airport at Leknes will change the smaller airports and permit extra direct flights from Oslo.
Particular environmental considerations
Mates of the Earth are most involved with the tasks at Rana and Leknes, the place plenty of topsoil have to be eliminated in the course of the building. In Rana, the boggy land on which the airport will likely be constructed could possibly be a giant pure retailer of CO2.
In a letter to the Ministry of Transport, a neighborhood Mates of the Earth consultant claimed there was “no evaluation in any respect” on how a lot CO2 could be launched on account of the airport building. A spokesperson for the airport improvement firm mentioned the bogs could be “reused” to cowl areas across the airport.
There are additionally considerations over whether or not the airports are wanted from a socio-economic perspective. A recent report from Holte Consulting said that the Bodø mission “wouldn’t come shut” to being socio-economically worthwhile.
It additionally criticized the bottom forecast for inhabitants progress that’s used to justify the mission. It is a view shared by Skjalg Fjellheim, political editor of Nordlys, a newspaper in Tromsø. He said the inhabitants progress forecast was “science fiction”, including that the mission would result in large centralization in a area that has lately suffered from inhabitants drain.