Keflavík International Airport
The Leif Eiriksson Air Terminal was brought into use in April 1987. It was, at the time, around 20,000 m2. At present, it is approximately 73,000 m2, 3.5 times larger than when opened. During the same period, the number of passengers passing through the airport has increased thirteen-fold, rising from 750,000 the first year to 9.8m in 2018. This is far beyond what was stated in the basic passenger forecast of the development schedule for Keflavík Airport four years ago. The schedule assumed 8.8 million passengers in 2025 and 13.8m passengers in 2040.
It is clear, therefore, that to meet international service standards properly, the airport will have to be enlarged, and the development schedule is prepared to meet this need. The schedule is based on an extensive needs analysis. The tasks of the schedule are divided between air terminal and the airport systems projects. The airport terminal projects are, according to the development schedule, four:
- The continued broadening of the concourse between the north and south buildings, with new boarders and the enlargement of the catering area.
- The north building enlarged to the east, with space for luggage screening.
- New concourse with up to 17 aircraft gates with gangways together with gates that can be used for remote stands.
- New service desks for arrivals and departures passengers in the new north building.
The airport systems projects are intended to increase the capacity and safety of the runway system and eliminate the bottlenecks that could form there. These projects include a de-icing apron, two new access taxiways, a fast-track taxiway and other connections between aprons and taxiways.
In 2018, design of the first airport project began with the design of a new connecting building between the north and south buildings of the airport. Construction could begin as early as 2020. The project involves an approximately 30,000 m2 structure. In addition, preparations are underway for an invitation to tender for the project management of the design and construction of a new concourse.