Keflavik Airport – now both Icelandair and WOW are pushing growth higher, with more to come

Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport is growing rapidly as it handles an ever-increasing demand both to visit the country and to transit it. Both those options are supported by additional services introduced by Icelandair and its fledgling rival WOW Air, together with non-Icelandic airlines, as the impact of the recession recedes.

Iceland appears to have cornered the market in niche tourism and hub/spoke transfer across the Atlantic, to the extent that its larger Nordic region peer airports might learn a thing or two.

But even such well organised airports fall short of perfection. There are questions around the speed at which additional infrastructure will be provided, about who will operate it, seasonality, whether the lack of alliance activity is a good or bad thing, and punctuality levels.

In common with other CAPA airport profiles this report examines the airport by way of several sets of metrics.

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