Adriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 511 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2114 times:
It would be nice to see some more carriers to Iceland. Iceland Express is a great airline, I flew with them on their second week of operations, however they only serve London and Copenhagen. I am surpirsed that lufthansa or Air France dont fly a few times a week, surely they could fill a 737 with leisure passangers.
Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1949 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
Since I have an interest in Iceland, I once noticed a poster saying that DL had rights to serve KEF due to their PA European route acquisition. My guess is no ones else desires to serve Iceland as it is such a tiny market.
Planemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 997 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1939 times:
I think I saw an AirBerlin 737 parked there. Have to dig up my photos. I was there in May 2003.
Icelandair seems to do a good job; besides, the country's population is only 290,000....so the majors may not think of this market as large enough. On top of that, the traffic is busy pretty much in the summer -- though I hear that there are great parties in Reykjavik in the winters.
It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I highly recommend it.
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1633 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1818 times:
These non Icelandic airlines are operating into Keflavik summer 2004.
MyTravel Airways A/S
Corse Air International
European Aviation Air Charter
LTU International Airways
First Choice Airways
Futura Intl Airways
Neder99 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1542 times:
I think BA's Concorde only came to Iceland about 2 or 3 times, on day-charters with British tourists.
True, Iceland only has a population of around 290,000 and incoming tourists are somewhere around 300,000 per year. So, it is a tiny market, not exactly making it viable for any of the European or American majors to fly there on a regular basis, as of course, they are not going to make a flight profitable filling it up with leisure travellers!
The 'lack' of majors is hardly due to the Icelandic Govt's regulations, as they are not that protectionist.
Air Atlanta Icelandic is still around, in fact, larger than ever, although due to their nature of business (charter), most of their operations are based overseas, although they still do an occasional charter out of Iceland.
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 61 Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1525 times:
According to an article in Airliner World magazine about Iceland Express, the average Icelander travels abroad 4 times a year, so even though the population is small, there is still a large and viable market. I think the real obstacle to major expansion remains the high prices so it's still very much a niche market.