Iceland’s Keflavik smashes records

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Keflavík International Airport

Hub prepares to “significantly pass” 10 million in 2018

Growing by an immense 28% in passenger numbers, Iceland’s main airport at Keflavik welcomed 8.8 million passengers by the end of 2017 – nearly two million more than the year before.

The Icelandic hub has witnessed balanced growth across O&D (origin and destination; passengers who start or end their journeys there) and connecting traffic, resulting in another record-breaking year.

“It’s showing no signs of slowing down,” enthuses Hlynur Sigurdsson, commercial director at airport operator Isavia, which also handles Iceland’s three other, lesser, international airports – Reykjavik, Akureyri and Egilsstaðir.

“To get a clear idea of how rapidly our airport is growing, just two years ago we welcomed 4.8 million passengers, which means that in 24 months we’ve nearly doubled our traffic.”

He adds: “Forecasts are already suggesting we will not only hit the definitive 10 million passenger mark but significantly pass it this year.”

Copenhagen most frequent
In 2017, a total of 107 destinations in 33 countries had a direct connection from Keflavik, operated by 32 airlines. Its furthest point was Los Angeles (6,942 kilometres), served 270 times during the year, its closest Vagar (803 kilometres) 43 times. But Copenhagen was the most frequently served destination with around 1,750 flights during the year.

The most heavily used aircraft type at the airport in 2017 was the 757-200, followed by the A321.

New in 2018
Keflavik is scheduled to launch a further 14 routes in the first half of 2018 – five in Europe, the rest significantly increasing Iceland’s links to North America to a total of 28 destinations. Only three in the list for 2018 are daily, however, while others are on the same route, with three Dallas/Fort Worth launches within two weeks.

New routes will include Poznan (Wizz Air, March 31, three times weekly), Detroit (Wow Air, April 25, four times weekly), London Stansted (Wow Air, April 25, daily), Cleveland (Wow Air, May 3, four times weekly), Dublin (Icelandair, May 8, six times weekly), Cincinnati (Woow Air, May 9, four times weekly), Luxembourg (Luxair, May 9, weekly), Cleveland (Icelandair, May 16, four times weekly), St. Louis (Wow Air, May 17, four times weekly), Dallas/Fort Worth (Wow Air, May 23, three times weekly), New York Newark (United Airlines, May 23, daily), Dallas/Fort Worth (Icelandair, May 30, four times weekly), Dallas/Fort Worth (American Airlines, June 7, daily) and Moscow Domodedovo (S7 Airlines, June 30, weekly).

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