Approximately 37,000 foreign tourists departed from the country via Keflavík International Airport in April, 5,000 more than in April 2011. The year-over-year increase is 16.5 percent.
At Keflavík International Airport. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
In the 11-year period that the Icelandic Tourist Board has kept records of tourists leaving the airport, the average increase in the month has been 8.2 percent, Morgunblaðið reports.
In April most tourists visiting Iceland came from the UK, 22.4 percent of all foreign visitors. Americans followed with 11.8 percent and Norwegians came third with 10.3 percent.
Since January 1, 2012, 125,333 foreign tourists have departed from the country by air, which is a 20.4 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
A similar number of Icelandic residents traveled abroad in April as during the month last year, approximately 29,000. Since January 1, 2012, 100,000 locals have left the country; an increase of 6,000 and 6.4 percent between years.
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