Local Round-Up: Copenhagen Airport outlines seven-year, 4.5 billion kroner expansion plans

In other news, half of the Mjølnerparken housing estate has been sold to a private property company, and six weeks of noisy construction work is promised to the residents of Nordhavn

Copenhagen Airport has confirmed its expansion plans following confirmation there is broad political agreement for the framework of its development.

The seven-year, 4.5 billion kroner expansion will enable improved security, better access to public transport, improved facilities for airlines, larger baggage claim and passport control areas, and adjustments to runways and hangars to offer more accommodation to more preferable aircraft – i.e less noisy, more fuel-efficient.

Since 1994, the number of households affected by unacceptably noise pollution has fallen from 18,213 to 2,126.

The goal is to halve this number by 2050.

No fewer festive flights than normal
Meanwhile, Copenhagen Airport has reported an airline cancellation rate of no more than 2 percent for December, which is no more than normal.

While corona has led to many cancellations worldwide, weather has also played a factor, and Copenhagen Airport has not been unduly affected.

A number of airlines took action in November to reschedule December flights, but nothing out of the ordinary.

However, SAS was forced to cancel about 60 of 600 flights in the build-up to Christmas due to sickness among its employees. 

Coming soon to Mjølnerparken: renovated pads with a balcony
Some 260 apartments in the notorious Mjølnerparken housing estate – equating to approximately half of its residences – are being sold to the private property company NREP. The decision by the owner, the housing company Bo-Vita, is in line with the government’s 2018 plans to transform the housing estate by evicting a large proportion of its public housing tenants and replacing them with private tenants occupying newly-renovated apartments. The upshot of the sale is that public housing will soon only account for 40 percent of the residences. NREP, which will assume ownership in 2023, has promised the renovated apartments will be affordable and come with new kitchens and bathrooms, as well as a balcony. 

READ MORE: Mjølnerparken resident lawsuit a step closer to High Court

Six weeks of “annoying” noisy construction work expected in Nordhavn
Residents in Nordhavn can look forward to six weeks of noisy construction work from January 10 onwards should they live in the vicinity of Pakhus 53 on Sundmolen. A 100-metre stretch of canal is being laid out to cross Sundmolen, and the first six weeks of work will focus on constructing the walls. It will involve lots of iron-on-iron work as huge steel sheets are knocked into place. The sound, which will continue Monday to Friday from 08:00-17:00, is generally described as “annoying”.

New bathing zone takes city’s total to eight, with a ninth in the works
City Hall opened a new bathing zone on December 23 that is ideally suited to the needs of winter bathers. Located on Havnegade, which runs between
Knippelsbro and entry to Nyhavn, the zone comes equipped with a ostensibly wooden structure that includes a pontoon and a staircase down to the water. The pool comes with an adjustable bottom. Another zone is due to open at Teglholm Brygge in the spring, taking the total number of zones in Copenhagen to nine.

Hipster pissoir: New toilet promised for visitors to Dronning Louise Bro
A new public toilet will open to accommodate visitors to Dronning Louise Bro, the bridge that passes over the City Lakes from the centre to Nørrebro. A mecca for hipsters and tourists over the summer, the area has a bad rep for its lack of facilities, but now City Hall has approved plans to set up a toilet trailer at Sortedam Dosseringen 1 – the first right after crossing over into Cph N – which could be in place by June. However, the municipality has cautiously confirmed it will be ready for use by the autumn.