Keflavik airport is seeing a steady growth in passenger numbers, and is frequently used as a hub for intercontinental flights between Europe and North America. The departures and arrivals zones at the Leif-Eriksson Terminal are currently being renovated to accommodate this growing passenger volume going forward. At the same time, modern, automated border control systems (eGates) are being installed to make the control process more convenient for passengers, to reduce transfer times and to speed up arrivals and departures.
Back in February, secunet in Germany won a bid to provide six easygate control gates in the departures zone and six in the arrivals zone. A test system was then installed in April and the first control unit, which features six gates, has now been opened in the departures zone for passengers to pass through.
In addition to the eGates, the secunet easygate installation in Iceland also includes the associated monitoring stations for the border control officers and a central management and statistics system. Besides supplying the easygate products, secunet is also responsible for installation and commissioning, training the operator’s border control and technical personnel and providing on-site support for the installation during the first weeks of operation.
About Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Keflavík International Airport, also known as Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport, is the largest airport in Iceland and the country’s main hub for international transportation.
Passenger numbers: Keflavik forecasts a great increase in passenger numbers in 2017, with 8.75 million passengers expected to travel through the airport. This includes arriving and departing passengers as well as transit passengers who stop over on their way across the Atlantic. This is an increase of 28.3% on the 6.8 million passengers in 2016.
The passenger forecast for 2017 assumes a 7.4% increase in Icelandic passengers from 2016. Icelanders will only be 20% of the passengers.
Airlines: The main carriers at Keflavík are Icelandair and WOW air.
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