Keflavik airport is by far the largest in Iceland. 2,380,214 passengers went through the airport in 2012.
People who would want to travel to Iceland just to have fun, have a vacation, enjoy the scenery or work could reach it through four international airports located all over the country. One can also reach various parts of Iceland through air travel with the help of the different airports that help tourists or locals to reach their destination in a timely manner. Get to know each of these airports better through the information found below.
Airports with scheduled flights
- Keflavík International Airport is one of the four international airports located in the country. It is also the largest airport and is considered the main airport which has routes to Europe, North America, and Asia. The airport also has a historical background as it was built and used by the American forces during the World War II to convoy protection and allied transatlantic aviation. After the war, the airport was given to Iceland and named it Keflavík International Airport. Today, it is operated by ISAVIA Ltd. The airport has 3 cargo carriers and 14 passenger carriers, some of which are Icelandair, WowAir and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), to name the few that are opened all year round.
- Reykjavík Domestic Airport is mainly responsible for domestic flights all over Iceland. It also serves some non-domestic flights since some private jets land there and the route to Greenland goes through the airport. The airport began having scheduled flights in March of 1940 due to the transfer of Air Iceland’s headquarters from Akuyeri to Reykjavik. Ambulance flights are done here because of its location which is near the Landspítali University Hospital. With its 3 runways, it is capable of servicing more or less five hundred thousand passengers annually
- Akureyri International Airport is another international airport. It is located near the mouth of the Eyjafjarðará river in North Iceland. The working hours of the airport is from 7:00am to 11:00 pm but they still cater to requested emergency flights outside the working hours. Several flight service companies like Norlandair and Air Iceland offer scheduled flights to several locations all over the country. Myflug Air on the other hand offers ambulance flights any time of the day. Flight instructions are also available under the Akureyri Flight School.
- Egilsstaðir International Airport is also an international airport that is open 24 hours. It was originally built during the 1960’s, then later renovated and expanded during the late 1980’s to the 1990’s so that they could separate the passengers who are for departure or arrivals. This airport is chosen by many tourists because its location is near the main localities. It also serves as the alternate airport to the largest one in the country, which is the Keflavik airport.
- Ísafjörður This airport is quite smaller as compared to the 4 International airports. It is found in the town of Ísafjörður in the north-western part of Iceland. Air Iceland is the only airline available and it has flights going to Reykjavik only.
- Vestmannaeyjar The Vestmannaeyjar airport is located at the island of Heimaey, the largest island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. The airport is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on the weekdays and 9:00am to 6:30pm during the weekends. The airline responsible for the regular flights to Reykjavik is Eagle Air.
- Hornafjörður The Hornafjörður airport is located in Höfn and has regular flights to Reykjavik through the airline Eagle Air. The price of the fare depends on the age of the passengers. Children have are discounted when they board the plane.
- Grímsey In the island of Grimsey, which lies north of Iceland, lays the GrÍmsey airport. This airport has only one destination and that is the Akureyri airport through the Norlandair airline. During the winter, the airport is only open for 3 days but during the summer, the airport is open 7 days a week.
- Bíldudalur The Bíldudalur Airport is located in the village of Bildudalur in the municipality of Vesturbyggð. This airport has flights to Reykjavik through the airline Eagle Air. It is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon. It is closed on Saturdays and opens on Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Vopnafjörður This airport is located in the Northeast Iceland. Norlandair is the airline responsible for the flights made in the said airport. The flights connect Vopnafjörður to Akureyri and Þórshöfn.
- Þórshöfn This airport lies in the northeast Iceland, in the village of Þórshöfn. Norlandair is the airline responsible for providing flights to passengers going to and from Akureyri and Vopnafjörður.
- Þingeyri This airport built in 1957 was previously used for the transportation of medical supplies. Today, it is used to transport passengers in and out of Þingeyri.
- Gjögur This airport is located in the district of Árneshreppur, in the north western part of Iceland. It plays a very important part in the lives of the local people because it serves as the only way to access the area in the winter season. Eagle Air has flights to and from Reyjavik on Mondays and Thursdays only.
- Húsavík This airport lies in the north coast of Iceland. Flights to and from Reykjavik are made available by Eagle Air.