5.7 million passengers expected this year

12.05.2022 - 15:37
Mynd: Milla Ósk Magnúsdóttir / RÚV
The new forecast from Isavia, Iceland’s airports operator, anticipates that 5.7 million travellers will use Keflavík International Airport during 2022.

Based on the outlook in February, Isavia made a rough estimate of 4.6 million travellers and has, therefore, upped its forecast by over a million. 

The comprehensive new forecast is the first of its type since before the pandemic and is, like previous editions, compiled in collaboration with airport users. Keflavík is predicted to welcome 79 percent of the number of passengers it processed in 2019. 

It is expected that the number of transfer passengers will nearly double in May and continue to rise steadily into the summer and autumn. There are now, once again, two airlines using Keflavík as a hub for transatlantic transfer passengers. 

Around 1.4-1.5 million tourists 

Grétar Már Garðarsson, Isavia’s head of airline and route development, says in a statement that Isavia predicts 1.4 to 1.5 million tourists will visit Iceland this year, which is up from the 1.2 million predicted back in February. 

Icelandair was last month joined by Play in offering flights between Europe and North America with stops in Iceland. The new forecast predicts over 1.5 million such transfer passengers this year (who are not counted as visitors as they usually do not leave the airport). In 2019, there were just over two million transfer passengers, and 350,000 last year. 

There will be 24 airlines connecting Keflavík with overseas destinations this summer; just one fewer than in 2019. The airport will serve 75 destinations this summer; down from 80 in 2019. 

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