A new period of construction and expansion is underway at Keflavík airport. Earlier plans were halted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but that time was used to re-evaluate the situation and future prospects. Keflavík airport is on of Iceland’s most important infrastructure assets. The airport plays an important role in the country’s economy and is also the key to the nation’s extensive cultural contacts abroad. Iceland’s geographical location creates opportunities in intercontinental transport and Isavia works to ensure that Keflavík airport remains a key centre for aviation in the North-Atlantic. A sharp increase in the number of passengers in recent years has tested our infrastructure and, even before the start of the pandemic, it was clear that steps had to be taken, in the years and decades to come, for the airport to maintain its competitive advantage. In 2021, the board of Isavia agreed on a new expansion plan and on 1 June, Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland’s minister of finance, broke ground for a new extension that will allow us to vastly improve service to passengers.
Many Stages in Construction
The opening of Leif Eriksson Terminal, in 1986, marked a turning point in Iceland’s aviation history. Since then, many extensions and new buildings have been added in stages, to meet the rapid increase in traffic of both aircraft and passengers. In all, the Leif Eriksson Terminal has tripled in size since 1987. The most important project was the addition of the southern terminal which is connected to the main terminal by a covered pedestrian bridge. Now we embark on a project to extend the terminal to the east and connecting the main and south terminals via a larger bridge and bigger service areas. This will also allow for more jet bridges to be added, along with improvements to taxiways and aprons.