In a new report on airport connectivity, published by the ACI (Airports Council International), Keflavík Airport is named among the airports with the most increase in connectivity since 2008. The ACI report is published in conjunction with the Council’s annual conference. According to the ACI report, Keflavík Airport is now a significant player when it comes to transatlantic hub connectivity and has the potential for being a centre for intercontinental flight.
All passengers who pass through Keflavík Airport can now receive information on booked flights sent to them directly through Twitter and Facebook Messenger. These are among the services that are offered on Isavia’s new website and are of use to travellers embarking on long journeys this summer.
As Keflavik Airport continues to intensify its solid route network, the coming weeks will see the Icelandic gateway not only add a new destination on its route map but promptly launch three new links to the 12th busiest airport in the world (by passenger numbers). Welcoming the inaugural flight from Dallas/Fort Worth this week, Keflavik will be connected to the Texan airport a total of 13 times a week by mid-June, with Icelandic carriers Icelandair and WOW air, as well as new airline partner American Airlines.
Isavia has issued figures for the number of passenger movements at Iceland’s main airports in 2017. Passenger movements consist of arriving passengers, departing passengers and transfer passengers and therefore reflect the load on airport infrastructures and the development from one year to the next.
Isavia has introduced a booking system on the Keflavik Airport website whereby passengers can book parking spaces at the airport in advance. By using it, departing passengers can ensure a parking space at a lower price than paying at the gate. This new booking system also reduces the chance that the parking lots will fill up during peak hours at the airport.
Hosted by Isavia and curated by Kristín Scheving, an exhibition series with three Icelandic artists will be displayed at Keflavík International Airport between February and October 2018. The exhibition seeks to continuously explore the possibilities of connecting light and video in public spaces in ways that bring an element of presence to the visitor’s experience of the location.
Isavia has since spring 2017 been working on the implementation of the EU GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) which will enter into force in May 2018. A project management group is currently working on the implementation and a Data Protection Officer (DPO) has been appointed.
At the annual Isavia morning meeting, which was held at Hilton Nordica this morning, Isavia announced a new forecast for passenger numbers for Keflavik Airport in 2018. Dr. Huginn Freyr Þorsteinsson discussed the impact on Iceland of Keflavik Airport being an exchange point between continents. Ásta Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Managing Director of the Icelandic Tourism Cluster, introduced Startup Tourism’s business accelerator, which has helped a number of tourism companies to establish themselves.
Isavia will begin collecting a fee for parking spaces for coaches at Leif Eiriksson´s Air Terminal on 1 March 2018. The parking spaces are for the bus service operators who do not, at present, pay for facilities. This is in tune with the policy of Isavia that the income of each area in traffic organisation cover the cost of the services provided and future development. In addition, it is important for Isavia to strengthen non-flight related income bases, as this will allow the company to cover the cost of the significant developments planned at Keflavík Airport.
The Borealis Alliance, the leading voluntary collaboration of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), is one step closer to offering full Free Route Airspace (FRA) across the airspace managed by its nine Members, after new successful implementations by the Irish and Icelandic ANSPs.