DECREASE IN PASSENGER NUMBERS, BUT 2019 EXCEEDS LONG-TERM PREDICTION
Isavia’s passenger predictions for 2019 assume that the total number of passengers passing through Keflavík Airport this year will decrease by 8.7% from what the number was in 2018. The total number of passengers, however, remains in excess of the long-term forecast that was prepared for the Keflavík Airport Masterplan that was prepared in 2015.
WOW AIR LINKS ICELAND TO ASIA FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
WOW air has expanded its network from Keflavik Airport by launching the Icelandic hub’s first non-stop flight to Asia, with the airline offering services to Delhi. The service will operate three times weekly. It provides the only low-cost option for passengers travelling between India and North America via a seamless transfer at Keflavik.
NEW TEMPORARY FEE ON OUTER COACH PARKING AT KEFLAVIK AIRPORT
A new price list for outer coach parking at Keflavík Airport came into effect on 5 November. The new pricing is intended to protect competitive interests and ensure equality among modes of transport that use Isavia infrastructure in connection with the transport of passengers to and from the airport, specifically the services of coaches at Keflavík Airport.
STATEMENT RELATING TO THE CONCLUSION OF THE COMPETITION APPEALS COMMITTEE
The Competition Appeals Committee has reached the conclusion that the interim decision issued by the Competition Authority as regards the collection of fees for the peripheral coach parking spaces at Keflavík Airport should not be reversed. According to the interim decision, issued on 17 July 2018, Isavia was ordered to cease collecting the fee.
ALIPAY CAN NOW BE USED AT KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT TO MAKE PAYMENTS
This week, Keflavík Airport became the first service provider in Iceland to offer customers the option of paying for goods and services with Alipay through ePassi. The partnership of Alipay and ePassi has been a great success, as the direct marketing of ePassi through Alipay plays a key role in gaining the attention of Chinese travellers.
LIGHT INSTALLATION AND VIDEO ART AT KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
A new light installation and video work by Haraldur Karlsson, Brain, has commenced at Keflavík International Airport. Haraldur’s contribution is the third and last in a series of three exhibitions curated by Kristín Scheving at the invitation of Isavia. The piece consists of a video shown on a screen in the centre of the building in conjunction with the lighting system in the ceiling, where the flow of colours and motion of the lights have been redesigned by Haraldur.
The conclusions of the Competition Authority referred to the Competition Appeals Committee
Isavia has decided to lodge a complaint against the preliminary decision of the Competition Authority from 17 July 2018 to the Competition Appeals Committee. The substance of the preliminary decision is that the Authority orders Isavia to temporarily discontinue the collection of fees for the use of coach parking spaces located further from Keflavík Airport.
VISITORS INVITED TO COMMIT TO RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL BEHAVIOUR
Inspired by Iceland have installed a ‘Pledge Button’ at Keflavik Airport inviting arriving guests to press the button and take The Icelandic Pledge. Installation at Keflavik airport inspires travellers to be considerate tourists from the start of their trip. Iceland is the first country to initiate an agreement with tourists in bid to positively affect behaviour change with ’The Icelandic Pledge'. Over 30,000 visitors from more than 100 countries have taken the Pledge to date online.
MORE CONNECTIVITY – INCREASED PROSPERITY
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.
EASIER ACCESS TO FLIGHT INFORMATION
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.
KEFLAVIK AIRPORT ADDS THREE NEW CONNECTIONS TO ONE BIG DESTINATION
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.