Leifur "the Lucky" Eiríksson

Leifur "the Lucky" Eiríksson

1987

The new air terminal finally opens, a splendid structure covering 15,000 sqft. The opening celebration took place in front of three thousand people on April 15, 1987, when the building was named the Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal. The original plan was for a larger building, but this was thought to be unnecessary. No one expected the number of passengers passing through the terminal to rise as much as it did, within a few years, the terminal was struggling to cope with the influx of passengers.

When the first shovel was sunk into the site of the foundations, 460,000 passengers arrived or departed from Keflavík Airport annually. That figure in 2016, has surpassed 6 million. The building has been extended twice, and in 2016, Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal covered 61,000 sq.m.

At this time, Icelandair moved into a new 4,000 sq.m. service centre. It housed the freight division, kitchens and engineering workshop. There was also a bonded warehouse for duty-free goods to be sold on international flights. The high-flying shop was named Saga Boutique.