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Iceland’s Keflavík Airport Gets New Operator

Keflavík Airport Ltd. assumed combined operation of the Keflavík Airport Authority and the Leif Ericsson Air Terminal Ltd. on January 1. Keflavík Airport Ltd. is a private limited company with 100 percent government ownership.

“Modern facilities, capacity and comfort make Keflavík comparable with the world’s top performing airports and there’s plenty of room for growth,” said CEO Björn Óli Hauksson in a statement issued to the media.

Keflavík International (KEF) was operated jointly with the US Naval Air Station in Keflavík until 2006 when the Airport Authority assumed sole operation of KEF, including support for military aviation and defense responsibilities.

Commercial and general aviation increased considerably in the past two decades with peak passenger traffic at 2.2 million in 2007.

Fourteen passenger carriers and three scheduled cargo carriers operate at KEF during the high season. Icelandair, Iceland Express and SAS provide year-round scheduled service.

In its quality survey of the first quarter of 2008, Airports Council International (ACI) placed KEF first in the category of airports serving less than five million passengers for ease of connections, third for sense of security and fifth for overall customer satisfaction.

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