Number of passengers at Keflavík Airport in Iceland 2009-2019

Although the number of passengers recorded at Keflavík International Airport located near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik increased over the last decade, it was expected to decline for 2019 to less than nine million. Nevertheless, Keflavík is by far the most popular airport in the Nordic country, based on the number of international passengers. Whereas nearly ten million people arrived at or departed from Keflavík in 2018, the number of international passengers at Reykjavík, Akureyri, and Egilsstaðir airports amounted to overall only 54,730.

Most visitors came from the United States

According to a statistic from 2017, the leading nationality of visitors arriving at Keflavík International Airport, opened in 1943 by the U.S. Armed Forces, was the United States. Roughly 576 thousand passengers were recorded from this country. The United Kingdom and Germany followed in second and third place.

Reason for falling passenger numbers

The reason for the expected decline of passenger numbers at Keflavík Airport is the end of operations of Iceland’s low-cost airline WOW air in the beginning of 2019. Its planes used this airport as a hub to reach destinations in Europe and North America.

Number of passengers at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland from 2009 to 2019

Number of passengers in thousands
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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* forecast.

Figures for years 2009 to 2013 were previously published by the source.

Figures have been rounded.

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