CKT789 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
Does Icelandair have any regular operations into Reykjavik? I thought it was only Air Iceland/Landsflug that operated from here, but I found a couple of photos of 757's landing at the airport. Are these regular flights or just one offs? I've seen the terminal at Reykjavik and it looks as though it would struggle with a full 757 load.
Guess it is a one off though as international flights are handled from KEF to my best knowledge.
Anyway while I worked at RKV I never saw anything bigger then a F50.
On the other hand KEF(the civilian side) is a relative new airport and I guess before that RKV must have been the main airport and I would not be surprised if it has seen the DC8's and similar sized aircraft.
Neder99 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
Icelandair hardly ever lands at Reykjavik City Airport, except for promotional events and airshows.
Before the fairly new civilian side of Keflavik Airport (Leifur Eiriksson Terminal) was built, passenger flights actually operated from the small terminal that is now on the military side of the airport (on the NATO base), as far as I'm aware.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2159 times:
I was lucky enough to fly into RKV on a 757 in April 2004. I had flown out in the morning on a Flugfelag Islands F50 to Akureyri but due to staff shortages a lot of the return flights that day were cancelled, so they sent up a 757 to fly us all back to RKV (BTW, anyone know when and why they changed the airport code from REK to RKV?).
The 757 made the flight in 25 minutes, as opposed to 40 minutes on the F50. Final approach was quite steep, and we used a lot of braking to come to a stop on the runway.
Just as I got back to my hotel I spotted the 757 take off to make a repositioning flight back to KEF, where it was still sat the next day when I went to catch my flight home to LHR.
Asgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 518 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
Most international flights have been going through Keflavik (KEF) for the last decades. The only regular international flights from REK/RKV are to Greenland (Flugfelag Islands Fokker 50's) and the Faroe Islands (Atlantic Airways Bae-146's).
Islandsflug had a base at REK where some of their 737's were serviced to some extent, but after they sold their domestic operations to Landsflug I think that has stopped. On a few occasions they have been parked on the Flight services Ltd. ramp behind Hotel Loftleidir
As mentioned in earlier replies, it's mostly during airshows that bigger jets like the 757 come to REK. On the very rare occasions when KEF is shut down because of weather, some inbound Icelandair flights have landed a REK. A few years ago they practically piled up at REK with at least 3 or 4 of them landing there Of course, the poor passengers needed to be driven to KEF for customs inspection because REK didn't have the proper security screening facilities (I think that has changed now).