Keflavik International Airport in Iceland has today reopened after being closed over the weekend due to ash clouds in the surrounding area. Now, Iceland’s main airport, which is just a 35 minute drive from the capital city Reykjavik, is making preparations for the extended summer flight schedule that will begin over the following months.
In order to accommodate all the holiday makers that want to travel to and from Iceland, as well as on to further destinations across Europe and the USA this summer, Icelandic airline companies are beginning to extend their flight plans. Transatlantic and European flights connect via Keflavik International Airport, allowing passengers the option to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Connecting flights through Iceland allows travellers to stopover and gives them the chance to explore the beautiful country and experience all that it has to offer. The recent volcanic eruption has only affected a very small area of Iceland on the south coast, the vast majority of the island remains unaffected and is still extremely safe to travel around. So with no real dangers, there are still numerous day trips and guided tours exploring the untouched beauty of the island.
Over the past week hundreds of volunteers have been working in the south to help those in the area surrounding the volcano. Those mainly affected are farmers located to the south of the volcano where the majority of volcanic ash has fallen, damaging farmland and this year’s crops. However, the recent ash fall will prove to be beneficial next year due to the fact it acts as a great fertiliser for the crops. The cleanup operation involves numerous search and rescue teams as well as many other individuals helping out their fellow countrymen in true Icelandic spirit.
With the cleanup operation well under way and Keflavik International Airport reopening today, the situation seems to be improving.
Additional information about connecting flights via Iceland and the summer flight schedule can be accessed at www.kefairport.is/English