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Keflavik Airport expands connectivity to over 80 destinations.

Visitors flock to Iceland in the summer to behold the midnight sun
Visitors flock to Iceland in the summer to behold the midnight sun

Iceland’s main travel hub, Keflavik Airport (KEF), anticipates a busy 2024 summer season with a total of 25 airlines serving over 80 destinations. This will result in passenger growth of approximately 7% during the summer (April – October), with the airport to welcome a projected 5.8 million travellers over the six-month period.

KEF will see the launch of new destinations such as Split in Croatia, Stuttgart in Germany, as well as Pittsburgh, Halifax, and Calgary in North America this summer.

The growth comes on the back of a successful 2023 summer season, during which KEF handled 5.4 million passengers. The summer period is key for the airport with nearly 70% of all visitors choosing these six months for their Icelandic adventure, with 36% contributing to the summer peak from June to August.

Last year, the US dominated the summer visitor demographic, constituting a third of all arrivals. The convenience of short, frequent flights between Iceland and various US cities, facilitated by four airlines – Delta, Icelandair, PLAY, and United – solidified the robust connections, offering a total of 15 destinations from KEF.

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Canadians also made a significant summer impact last year, with over 80% of all visitors from the country choosing the brighter months. A well-connected network, comprising of Air Canada with Montreal and Toronto flights, Icelandair with Toronto, Halifax, and Vancouver, as well as PLAY with Toronto Hamilton, ensured a steady flow of Canadian travellers to Iceland. This will be further bolstered by WestJet’s upcoming Calgary service launch in June.

Bucking the trend compared to its fellow travellers, British visitors displayed a preference for winter, with only 37% arriving during the warmer months. Winter’s allure, featuring fewer tourists, ice-covered waterfalls, and activities like snowmobiling and glacier hikes, drew visitors seeking a different Icelandic experience, complemented by the potential spectacle of the northern lights.

No matter the season, Keflavik Airport stands ready to handle both point to point and transfer traffic, serving as a hub for several airlines as its passenger numbers continue to grow to record levels.

Keflavik Airport projected to see 7% passenger growth this summer
Keflavik Airport projected to see 7% passenger growth this summer

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