Record numbers of Icelanders jetting off abroad

Photo: Þórður Arnar Þórðarson

Over 138,000 Icelanders checked in to international flights from Iceland in the first four months of 2016 – the highest number ever.

According to Icelandic travel and tourism website Turisti.is (link in Icelandic), January-April 2016 has overtaken the previous record (January-April 2008, just before Iceland’s economic crash) in terms of Icelanders jetting off abroad.

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Sigurgeir Sigurðsson

As can be seen from the graph below, 2009 saw a sharp fall in Icelanders travelling abroad.

Levels are now, however, clearly back up to pre-crash levels, with more Icelanders departing from Keflavík International Airport (KEF) to foreign destinations in the first four months of 2016 than in the same period any year before.

Photo: Sigurgeir Sigurðsson

The record for the full year is still 2007 (some 470,000 passengers), but it looks like 2016 might smash that figure.

2016 is already beating records, and with thousands of Icelanders leaving for France for the Euro 2016 football finals and more cheap off-season deals available than ever , it seems the 2007 record is set to fall.

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