August was a big month for KEF

10.09.2021 - 12:17
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There were nearly as many international flight passengers at Keflavík International Airport during the first three months of last year as there were during the first eight months of this year. On the other hand, the number of foreign nationals flying out more-than doubled in August compared to the same month last year. The biggest difference in passenger numbers between years can be seen in the number who flew before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic early last year.

152,000 non-Icelandic citizens boarded flights out of Keflavík this August, compared to just 64,000 last August. So far this year, to the end of August, 336,000 foreign nationals have flown out of Keflavík, compared to 451,000 in the same period last year, according to new figures from Ferðamálastofa (the Icelandic Tourist Board).

The most striking difference between years was the number of American passengers in August rising from less than one thousand last year to nearly 58,000 this August. The second-biggest group were German citizens (nearly 15,000) and Italians (9,500). 

The number of Icelandic citizens taking flights out of the country was much higher this August than last; up from 8,000 to 20,000. Despite this, the number for the first eight months of the year combined is 27.5 percent lower this year than last. 

The biggest difference for both Icelandic and non-Icelandic citizens is the period early in 2020 before the pandemic was declared. Between January and March last year, 333,000 foreign passengers flew out of Keflavík, which was just three thousand fewer than in the first eight months of 2021. 

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