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December 4, 2022

Nearly 600,000 Passengers Travelled From Iceland’s Isavia Airport in October

A total of 596,505 passengers travelled through Iceland’s Isavia airport last month to a total of 69 destinations.

According to a statement from the airport, with the arrival of winter, the number of passengers continues to exceed pandemic levels, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

In addition, among the most popular destinations that passengers travelled to were Copenhagen, London, Paris, New York, and Boston.

Data from the Tourist Board of Iceland also revealed that foreign passenger departures at the international Keflavík Airport were just under 159,000, making October this year’s fourth busiest.

Such data show that in terms of departures, they were 80 per cent of what they were in October 2018.

The largest group of international travellers who recently visited Iceland are those from the United States. In September, the Icelandic Tourism Board revealed that 177,000 people departed from Keflavik airport.

The same source said that in August, departures at Leif Eiríksson International Airport were 76 per cent of what they were in 2018.

A large number of departures that were recorded during September were attributed to citizens of ten nations, while Americans constituted the most significant percentage of travellers or a total of 30.1 per cent.

In August alone, it was reported that 53,315 citizens from the United States departed from Keflavik airport.

Last month, Icelandic authorities said Iceland had decided to promote sustainable travel by encouraging slow tourism.

Meanwhile, Iceland’s official travel website, Visit Iceland, emphasized that sustainability is paramount when it comes to the global and local well-being of ecosystems, communities, and cultures.

As a result, Iceland tends to encourage fewer people to take longer trips and tends to cool off on mass tourism. At the same time, the country has also pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 and aims to achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2040.

Recently, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on Iceland and Denmark to cancel the planned increase in air traffic fees that will come into effect on January 1, 2023.

As IATA explains, the fees paid by airlines for crossing the airspace managed by these two Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) on North Atlantic routes will increase by up to 30 per cent.

Commenting on this situation, IATA’s Regional Vice President, Americas, Peter Cerda, sees this as a “money grab”. In addition, he also insisted that the measure was unjustifiable.