Airport terminal needed1983
The old airport buildings at Keflavík Airport were temporary structures, built in the middle of the US Navy military base in 1949. Their expected lifetime was a maximum of 20 years but, they remained in service for much longer. The first steps towards separating military and civil flights were taken in 1970, but work on a new terminal didn't start until October 7, 1983.
The design of the new buildings took a long time, as disputes about its size and the participation of Americans further lengthened the process. In the meantime, passengers and crews had to grapple with the old temporary sheds that were only recognizable as an airport because of the sign hanging on the side of one of the buildings.