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Fewest Airport Departures From Iceland Since 2010

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

Keflavík airport Icelandair
Photo: Golli.

Just under 480,000 foreign citizens departed from Keflavík airport in 2020, about 1,500,000 less than in 2019, according to Isavia and the Icelandic Tourist Board’s count. The 75.9% drop means that there haven’t been as few visitors to Iceland in more than ten years.

Foreign passengers in Keflavík airport were just under 480,000 this year, 75.9% fewer than 2019. There haven’t been fewer passengers through Keflavík since 2010 when they numbered 459.000.

The majority of travellers passed through from January to March, 333,000 or seven out of each ten, and about 25% of trips occurred over the summer, 124,000. Each month of 2020 saw fewer trips than the year before and seven out of 2020’s 12 months, the drop was more than 90%.

The largest group of passengers by nationality was from the UK or about 101,000 people, although that’s still about three times fewer than the UK citizens passing through Keflavík in 2019. The majority of the Brits arrived early in 2020, before pandemic border restrictions. The second-largest group was from the US, about 52,000 people in 2020 and the third largest was German, 43,000. Other large groups by nationality include Polish, French, Chinese, Danish, the Baltic states, and the Dutch.

Icelanders passed through the airport 130,000 times in 2020, 481,000 times fewer than in 2019. That’s the lowest number of travels from Iceland since the Icelandic Tourist Board started counting in 2002.

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