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British Airways Starting Flights To Iceland  
User currently offlineBoegas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8326 times:

I just saw these good news at mbl.is (Icelandic newspaper online)

British Airways have reported to start it's scheduled flight between London
Gatwick and Keflavik in march 2006.

There will be 5 flights a week starting from the sunday, 26th of march, then on
mondays, wednesdays, fridays, saturdays and sundays and the fares will costs from 200 £.

According to report from BA departure will be from LGW at 07:30 (GMT) and
arrival in Iceland KEF at 09:40 (GMT).

Departure from KEF 10:30 and arrival at London Gatwick at 2:35pm.

Also according to report this new schedule will give Icelanders opportunitie
to connect to the BA network around the world and travel to other 151 BA's destinations in 72 countries.

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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8285 times:

Quoting Boegas (Thread starter):
According to report from BA departure will be from LGW at 07:30 (GMT) and arrival in Iceland KEF at 09:40 (GMT).

Departure from KEF 10:30 and arrival at London Gatwick at 2:35pm.

I'm assuming that not all of these times are GMT otherwise it's 2 hours 10 minutes to KEF and 4 hours 5 minutes from KEF.  confused 


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8253 times:

BA announced in its Q1 results today that it is launching four new European destinations next year. If Iceland is one, what are the other three?


Let's Go British Caledonian!
User currently offlineBoegas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8184 times:

that´s interesting because flight-time to Iceland from LHR is 2 hrs 45 min.
But Icelandair gives it whole 3 hrs, but from push-back at KEF until you walk from the plane at LHR, is almost 3 hrs... so..

But London is 1+ GMT during summer, right?


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8174 times:

I would think BA's entry onto Keflavik would perhaps be unwarranted, particualry in Winter. FI already have services from LHR & GLA and in recent years we have had Iceland Express from STN.

Although Iceland has become popular for short breaks and there is some business traffic and Icelanders coming for cheaper shopping than at home, I dont think BA will find it easy to fill their flights. Whats the equipment ? As its from LGW, will it be the 734?


User currently offline747400F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8138 times:

acccording to www.ba.com it's a 737-300

the other new destination ex LGW are Tirana, Izmir and Varna from Spring and Grenoble from this winter


User currently offlineBoegas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8107 times:

I was hoping they use 757 for KEF? (or the 777 would be the dream carrier  Smile

User currently offlineVatry From Ireland, joined Sep 2004, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8091 times:

This new service will allow Icelanders to connect to BA's European network out of Gatwick. If Icelanders want to connect to BA's worldwide network, they'd be a lot better off flying with Iceair into Heathrow.

User currently offlineBoegas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8048 times:

I know. Heathrow have more outgoing BA destinations. But for some reason most Icelanders choose Copenhagen to transfer on long-haul routes, don't ask me why.

But isn't cheaper to travel with BA in one package all the way
(from KEF-LGWand LHR-NRT) instead to take Icelandair to LHR and then make another booking with BA?


User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8043 times:

Where on ba.com does it announce these new flights? Nothing in Press Releases.


Let's Go British Caledonian!
User currently offline747400F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8026 times:

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 9):
Nothing in Press Releases.

yes if you to the very bottom of the latest pressrelease about profits. It's mentioned under notes to editors


User currently offlineBY738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7949 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
I dont think BA will find it easy to fill their flights

What makes you say that ? IcelandExpress and Icelandair both do very well from London, so why shouldnt BA ?


User currently offlineBoegas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7918 times:

no no no, BA will definitely fill their seats onboard. Last weekend I was searching for flights to London, bouth at Icelandair.is and IcelandExpress and there were no seats, everything full-booked.

FI use 757-300 to LHR and usually the plane is full packed and also the IcelandExpress jet, so we really need more seats.


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7918 times:

I am surprised by BA going to Iceland, no particular reason, it just seems out of character for BA to enter a lower-fare route......didnt BA low fare subsidiary GO fly the Iceland route for a couple of summers?

User currently offlineBeany From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7843 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 13):
I am surprised by BA going to Iceland, no particular reason, it just seems out of character for BA to enter a lower-fare route......didnt BA low fare subsidiary GO fly the Iceland route for a couple of summers

KEF is not a low fare route. The fares are the higher end of the spectrum. Fares for next year are £260 in Euro Traveller for the dates I have selected in ba.com.

The competition on LON to KEF is virtually non existent so airlines can more or less charge what they want.

GO did also fly the route but they deemed it wasted to much time for one particular aircraft. Not very efficient for a loco to have sector lengths of 3+ hours.


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4626 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7829 times:

Precisely, it's not a low fare route - though the pricing isn't raping the consumer. I went there a few months ago on Icelandair, and the airfare was hardly low fare, but hardly Economy for Business Class prices either.

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7802 times:

I think the Go Fly STN-KEF route ended because of some disagreement about airport charges, I also think it may have been an overnighter.

User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7784 times:

I think three carriers will be excess capacity outside the Summer season.

User currently offlineBoegas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7673 times:

I think it doesn't matter if it's summer or winter.... London - Keflavik is always overbooked. Almost 1 Icelander of 20 is "I´m going to London" within every month or "I just came from London", so.... season doesn't matter for this route.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19188 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7664 times:

Quoting Richardw (Reply 16):
I also think it may have been an overnighter.

I seem to recall that too.

I think that BA would have been better to have began its flights before Iceland Express started, but hey.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7580 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 13):
I am surprised by BA going to Iceland, no particular reason, it just seems out of character for BA to enter a lower-fare route......didnt BA low fare subsidiary GO fly the Iceland route for a couple of summers?

Go did serve KEF but only in summer due to the high cost of de-icing fluid.

egmcman


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7573 times:

BA have announced 4 new LGW routes for next Summer:

http://www.britishairways.com/travel...ic/en_gb?source=CF_flightops_en_gb

British Airways has announced the launch of new routes from Gatwick to Tirana (Albania), Izmir (Turkey), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Varna (Bulgaria).



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User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5161 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7521 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 13):
I am surprised by BA going to Iceland, no particular reason, it just seems out of character for BA to enter a lower-fare route......didnt BA low fare subsidiary GO fly the Iceland route for a couple of summers

The fares aren;t that cheap considering other flights ineurope around the same duration.

About time i say


User currently offlineJustinpower From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7437 times:

The schedule offers an appealing (and unique) mid-morning departure to Europe from KEF.

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7297 times:

Quoting Justinpower (Reply 23):
The schedule offers an appealing (and unique) mid-morning departure to Europe from KEF.

GLA has a well timed departure - 11.15 IIRC. No use from London though!



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25 MIASkies : Hmm it could also be a great way for Americans to get to Europe! A new gateway... Icelandair lets say via BOS then BA from KEF to LGW and so on if nee
26 Flycro : Will BA be charging a de-icing surcharge to boost there profit margins??? Do airlines pay tax on surcharges, or is it pure profit?
27 MAH4546 : Icelandair already operates a hub in KEF for USEurope traffic. A very successful operation, and they allow free stopovers in Iceland.
28 Trekster : Was so surprised, yet very happy when i read that in the BA NEWS at work today. Good luck to em i say. Its goin to be tough. But what other British Ca
29 Richard28 : I'm suprised that BA, FR or U2 dont already operate there. I know beer is expensive there - but why do no LCC's already ply this route I wonder? Perha
30 IRelayer : Copenhagen ~= Scandanavian ~= Iceland -IR
31 Aviationwiz : I don't know about others, but that's too many stops for me. I'll stick to my non-stop NW MSP-AMS/LGW service. I can basically connect to almost anyw
32 Semsem : Stopover in Iceland is only for up to 72 hours.
33 AC777300 : Would be interesting to get a hold of the financial analysis on this route. Does anyone agree that on the surface this seems a bit excessive? Could th
34 ANstar : If Iceland Express can operate twice daily into Stanstead fro similar fares to what BA are chagring, why can;t BA operate a 5 times weekly service su
35 Copenhagenboy : hmm, maybe historical reasons, Iceland has been a part of Denmark, many people are going to Denmark for work or study, in the past I have known a few
36 Post contains images Viscount630 : Hardly a "new" route - more a reinstatement. BEA/BA used to operate LHR-Iceland (with Vanguards at one point, later with Tridents?) Nice to see that t
37 Northernlights : English is the 2nd language learned on Icelandic schools nowadays. Danish is the 3rd language but has lost its importance a lot. Nowadays people pref
38 NYCFlyer : This is great news. It's about time Icelandair ended its chokehole, anti-competitive monopoly on KEF. Maybe some of those prices will start coming dow
39 Justinpower : Re reply 38, - IMHO, and in mild defence of Icelandair, I don't think you can accuse them of doing anything uncompetitive to keep other carriers off a
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