In an article on Sermitsiaq about the finances in the company behind the two future international airports in Nuuk and Ilulissat it is stated that no-one could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences on air travel when the budget for the upcoming airports were being negotiated.
Well, there have been many pandemics before COVID-19 and there will be many after. It’s actually quite easy to predict that air travel will face several obstacles.
GreenGreenland has always been against building the two new international airports instead of renovating and modernizing the existing airport in Kangerlussuaq. Or building the new Nuuk International Airport on the islands south of Nuuk.
Let’s make a few predictions:
- A new pandemic will come along and disrupt air travel.
- An Icelandic volcano will erupt and distrupt air travel.
- Fewer people will use air travel, as more and more people become aware of climate change.
- At least 1 airplane will overshoot the runway at Nuuk International Airport and crash down the 50 meters drop at the end of the runway.
- The people of Nuuk will see a decrease in health due to the noise and air pollution from the planes and the airport.
- The two new international airports will turn out to be a bad investment, and will need to be re-financed.