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Foreign Passengers Departing from Keflavík Down by 18.4%

By Ragnar Tómas

Keflavík Airport

According to a press release published Wednesday by the Icelandic Tourist Board, approximately 163,000 foreign passengers departed from Keflavík Airport in October, roughly 36,000 fewer than last year (a decrease of 18.4%).

The press release also notes that American tourists account for the greatest decrease of departing passengers in October. 25,000 fewer American passengers departed from Keflavík Airport this October compared to October 2018 (a 42% decrease).

In the larger context, the October decline is not unusual. Every month of 2019 has followed a similar trend. There were 5.8% fewer departing passengers in January 2019, 6.9% in February, 1.7%, n March, 18.5% in April, 23.6% in May, 16.7% in June, 17% in July, 13.5% in August, and 20.7% in September.

Americans account for the greatest number of departing passengers, or approximately one fifth. British passengers were the second most numerous (12.6%).

Approximately 1.7 million foreign passengers have departed from Iceland via Keflavík Airport in 2019 – or 14.7% fewer passengers than last year.

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