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What is it with all the traffic to Iceland these days? DL from JFK, Iceland Air expanding, WOWair or whatever their low cost carrier's name was, Air Berlin expanding there, Swiss/Edelweiss etc.?
Their economy is quickly recovering after their 2008 collapse: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/.../iceland-gdp-idUSL6E8K77ZK20120907
Icelanders travel (or used to travel) a lot.
International tourism is growing in Iceland, particularly the number of American tourists: http://www.visitreykjavik.is/PortalD...l/VisitRek_Newsletter.feb.2012.pdf
Don't forget Iceland is also way cheaper these days (their currency lost a lot of value) than before the crisis, when Iceland was lubriciously expensive for the average American/European tourist. And it is still quite exotic for most Americans and Europeans, their main targets.
Icelandair is a hub airline with new "niche" additions (ANC
) that seem to work pretty well for them. They also market themselves quite aggressively (at least in Boston and NYC) with their "Only 5 hours from BOS
/NYC" (or whatever it is) and their free-stopovers in USA-EU flights. I certainly know a bunch of people who have lately traveled with Icelandair for holidays, stopping there in their way to the other side of the Atlantic... or even just for a long weekend.
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