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Emerging business ties between Greenland and Iceland have been given a lift after Air Iceland Cargo and Mittarfeqarfiit, Greenland’s airport authority, agreed yesterday to improve collorabtion in order to improve cargo shipping.
The centrepiece of the deal is a move by Air Iceland to provide Kulusuk Airport, on Greenland’s eastern coast, with a de-icing machine available for all airplanes traveling through the airport.
Iceland is just two hours away by air from Greenland’s east coast, and Air Iceland operates flights to a number of Greenland towns.
The de-icing machine is expected to be in place by winter and will help improve punctuality.
The agreement also includes the training of Mittarfeqarfiit personnel by Air Iceland staff, a simplified pricing system and the purchase of equipment for Nuuk Airport.
Speaking for Air Iceland, Vigfús Vigfússon, the company’s cargo manager, said the move could have far reaching consequences for trade between the two countries, and could make it easier for Greenland to export fish products by air.
“The agreement means that it will become easier for us to provide shipping for different sized objects,” said Vigfússon, “This will make the shipping of foodstuffs that much simpler.”