New Route of the Day (27 January 2024): Icelandair between Reykjavik and Innsbruck
Icelandair commenced seasonal flights between the airport in Keflavik serving Reykjavik and Innsbruck in Austria on Saturday 27 January. The 2,775-kilometre service will be maintained weekly with the 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The airline faces no competition on the route, which will run until 2 March.
Flight FI576 departs Keflavik Airport at 12:15 local time, arriving in Innsbruck at 17:35 local time. The return service, operating as flight FI577, takes off from the Austrian city at 18:45 local time, touching back down in Iceland at 22:20 local time.
Icelandair makes Innsbruck comeback
Icelandair is returning to Innsbruck after four decades. The airline last maintained flights to the city in central Austria in the 1980s.
Apart from Innsbruck, Icelandair also maintains winter seasonal operations to Salzburg which run once per week. As a result, the carrier now runs 2-weekly rotations to the Austrian market this winter. However, it does not serve the capital Vienna, which is covered by Austrian Airlines with flights to Reykjavik on a year-round basis.
Innsbruck traffic grows 6%
Innsbruck Airport thrives over the winter months due to ski tourism. During Q1 2024, the airport has just over 672,000 seats on the market, up 6% on the same period last year. The growth is being fuelled primarily by British Airways, which has increased its operations from both London LGW and London LHR, as well as Eurowings, which has introduced flights to Berlin and increased frequencies on a number of other routes.
Transavia remains the airport’s largest carrier, accounting for 30% of its total Q1 capacity. The airline maintains services to Innsbruck from Amsterdam, Brussels BRU, Eindhoven, and Rotterdam. easyJet is the second-largest airline with 136,896 seats, serving the Austrian city from Bristol, London LTN, London LGW, and Manchester.
In addition to Icelandair as a new customer at Innsbruck Airport, Aegean Airlines from Athens has also introduced services to the city this winter season.