First Free Story (1 of 3)Join Skift Pro
Keflavik International Airport experienced a record-breaking summer in passenger volume – up nine percent from 2011 during the busiest months of June, July and August. The trend continues with a predicted 19.8 percent increase through year’s end, with total traffic reaching 2.4 million passengers in 2012.
Approximately one-fourth, (650,000) of all airport transit passengers are projected to enter Iceland as tourists. For January – September, total tourism figures are up 17.2 percent since last year. 2011 saw a 52 percent increase in visitors from the US, and the trend continues with a 21 percent increase in the first nine months of 2012. With a population of 320,000, tourists to Iceland now more than double the number of locals.