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One-Fifth of Domestic Flyers Go to Destination and Back the Same Day

By Andie Sophia Fontaine

Reykjavík City Airport flugvöllur
Photo: Golli. Reykjavík City Airport.

What started as an argument over parking led to the revelation that about 20% of those who fly to a given destination in Iceland fly back home on the same day, Austurfrétt reports.

From 15 minutes to 14 hours

At the end of June, parking at the airports of Egilsstaðir, Akureyri and Reykjavík began to charge. In Reykjavík, parking is free for the first 15 minutes on one lot, or the first 45 minutes at another lot.

At Akureyri and Egilsstaðir, parking is free for up to 14 hours. It was originally 15 minutes, but objections pushed that to five hours. This was further objected to, not least of all by Minister of Finance Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, who argued that many people travel and return home on the same day, mostly for medical treatment.

Ingibjörg Isaksen, an MP for the Progressive Party (of which Sigurður Ingi is the chair), contended that some 85% of domestic flyers go to their destinations and back home on the same day.

Most stay at their destinations three days or longer

This prompted Austurfrétt to investigate what the reality was. Data from flight companies showed that some 20% of those who take domestic flights go to their destinations and return home on the same day. The largest group, 28%, stay longer than three days.

In addition, 18% of passengers return home the day after landing at their destination; 20% after two days; and 14% after three days.

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