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Traffic Drops at Iceland’s International Airport

The number of passengers traveling through Iceland’s international airport in Keflavík dropped by 36 percent in November compared to the same month last year. Icelanders traveling through the airport decreased by 50 percent.

Aerial view of Keflavík airport. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

In total, 143,000 passengers entered the airport in November 2007, but only 92,000 in November of this year, Fréttabladid reports.

Passengers traveling to and from Iceland decreased by 37 percent year-over-year, but stopovers in Iceland decreased by 25 percent.

Fridthór Eydal, the information officer for Keflavík airport, said while the number of Icelandic passengers traveling through the airport has dropped significantly, the number of foreign travelers has increased slightly.

For the past decade, apart from an 18 month period after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Keflavík airport has seen constant increase in the number of passengers, seven to ten percent year-over-year on average.

Eydal said the current drop in passengers affects the airport’s operations. Tariffs, which are based on the number of travelers, are collected to cover various expenses, for example a safety tariff to fund security screening. With fewer passengers, the airport receives less money for such purposes.

Click here to read about tourists increasing in October.

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