Oslo City Council says no to new runway

Oslo Airport GardermoenOslo Airport Gardermoen.Photo: Paul Kleiven / NTB scanpix

Oslo City Council says no to a third runway at Gardermoen, citing the reason that a development will lead to increased air traffic and additional greenhouse gas emissions.

– The extension runs contrary in to the overall climate goals. Because of this Oslo opposes a third runway at the airport, according to a comment submitted by the Municipality of Oslo to the inquiry in connection with the National Transport 2018-2029, the newspaper Dagsavisen writes.

The majority in Oslo City Council also want a greater focus on high-speed trains between major Norwegian cities and abroad.
– We must plan for a climate-friendly future. In order to do so, we need to develop the railway instead of facilitating even more air traffic,  city councilor for environment and transport, Lan Marie Nguyen Berg of the The Green Party (MDG), says.

In February  when transport authorities presented their plans for the upcoming national transport plan in February, Avinor recommended constructing of a third runway .
– Prognoses indicate that transportation will continue to increase and that there will be a need for a new runway around 2030 wrote Avinor in its report.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today