Vastly improved East Wing facilities
The new East Wing will expand the terminal by 30%. The expansion improves luggage reception facilities in the new arrivals hall, adds four new gangways, two bus gates, and a larger dining area and duty-free shop.
Construction on the East Wing began early in the summer of 2021 and the building will open in two phases. In mid-2023 a new luggage sorting system will open in the basement of the building, as well as a new arrivals hall with baggage claim for passengers. A new dining area is expected to open in early 2024 along with an expanded duty-free shop at arrival and new gangways and gates.
The East Wing project involves expanding the terminal by nearly 30% and is a key factor in the future development of the airport. Four new gangways and two bus gates will be added to the East Wing, improving the ground handling of aircraft and enhancing the passenger experience. However, the total number of gangways in operation will not directly increase until the new connecting building is finished.
During construction, 4-5 of the current gangways will be closed. The new gangways and bus gates in the East Wing will therefore make it possible to maintain a certain level of service while construction on the connecting building is in progress. The next phase of the airport development project - construction of the connecting building - is currently underway.
What are our goals?
New luggage sorting system
A new luggage sorting system will increase efficiency and expedite delivery of luggage to passengers.
New arriavals hall and more spaces
Better and more spacious facilities for passengers include a larger arrivals hall with conveyor belts, an expansive dining area, and more.
Bigger and better dining area
With a more spacious and better dining area, everyone can find something to their liking.
Four new gangways
Four new gangways allow passengers to board the aircraft directly from the gate and two new bus gates transport passengers to covered remote stands.
East Wing in numbers
Surface area 20,000m2
The East Wing will be approximately 20,000m2. By comparison, the Laugardalshöll sports and exhibition venue is 17,000m2.
Length 124,5 m
The East Wing will be 124.5m long, about as long as Bankastræti Street in Reykjavík.
The East Wing will be 66m wide, similar to a typical football field.
The East Wing will be 31m high. By comparison, the spires of Akureyri Church are 26m.