The number of passengers going through Keflavík International Airport reached a record number last year, Vísir reports.
Altogether 4,855,505 passengers passed through the airport in 2015, or one million more than the previous year, representing a 25.5 percent increase between years. According to predictions made by Isavia, the company which runs the airport, the number of passengers going through Keflavík Airport this year could reach 6.25 million.
Keeping up with this increase, work is in progress to expand the size of the terminal building by 9,000 square meters (97,000 square feet) this year and 7,000 (75,000) additional ones in 2017. In 2032, the terminal building is expected to be 140,000 square meters (1.5 million square feet).
Earlier reports from Isavia indicated that next summer about 1,000 additional people will need to be hired to service travelers at the airport.
Isavia has issued a statement, saying that the airport could receive 10 million passengers a year if the flights were spread out more evenly through the day. Right now, the busiest times are the ones Icelandair and WOW Air use to connect their Europe and North America flights, but the time between 8:30 am and 3 pm, and from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm could be used better.