Leifur "the Lucky" Eiríksson


We now reach the point where the new air terminal finally opens. It was a splendid structure covering 14,000 sq.m. The opening celebration took place on 15 April 1987, when the building was named the Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal. Three thousand people attended the opening amid great pomp and ceremony. 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, and within a few years the terminal was struggling to cope with the throng.

When the first spade was sunk into the site of the foundations, 460,000 passengers arrived or departed from Keflavík Airport annually. That figure has now risen to 2 million. The building has been extended twice, and in 2007, Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal covered 56,000 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