Visitors flock to Iceland in the summer to behold the midnight sun

Iceland’s main travel hub, Keflavik Airport (KEF), anticipates a busy 2024 summer season with a total of 25 airlines serving over 80 destinations. This will result in passenger growth of approximately 7% during the summer (April – October), with the airport to welcome a projected 5.8 million travellers over the six-month period. KEF will see […]

April 17, 2024 | Air Service Community News

Keflavik Airport

Iceland’s Keflavík Airport (KEF) capped off an extraordinary year in 2023, welcoming 7.75 million passengers through its terminal. This figure aligns seamlessly with the airport’s December 2022 forecast, marking a considerable 27% year-on-year growth and a 7% increase in passengers on the pre-pandemic 2019. KEF continued to position itself as a transfer hub in northern […]

February 5, 2024 | Air Service Community News

PLAY AIRLINES

Formed from the ashes of Iceland’s WOW Air, PLAY launched operations in July 2021. Planespotters.net shows that it now has a fleet of 10 aircraft: six A320neos and four A321neos. According to the airline’s own figures, it carried more than 1.5 million passengers in 2023, accounting for about one in five of Keflavik’s passengers. While […]

PLAY at Frankfurt

PLAY now serves Germany’s busiest airport. On 14 December the Icelandic carrier began regular service on the 2,410-kilometre route between Reykjavik KEF and Frankfurt FRA utilising its A321s. Weekly frequencies vary between three and six per week over the winter season. Competition on the route comes from Icelandair’s daily service and Lufthansa’s 3-weekly service. The […]

December 20, 2023 | Latest Route News +

PLAY Keflavik

Keflavik welcomed 6.13 million passengers in 2022, based on Isavia’s figures. Last year, about seven in ten passengers flew Icelandair and PLAY. When all airlines are considered, virtually three-quarters of traffic was local, while a quarter connected. Excluding 2020/2021, that was the lowest proportion of connecting passengers for many years, reflecting the recovery, PLAY’s US […]

KEF - BOS

Iceland’s PLAY recently announced four new routes from Reykjavik starting this summer. Three are in Denmark (Aalborg, Aarhus and Billund) and one is in Germany (Düsseldorf). This brings to 11 the number of new routes the airline currently plans to launch in 2023. The complete list is (weekly frequency at launch in brackets): Geneva on […]

January 10, 2023 | Airlines, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Baltic Nordic

Analysis of airport passenger data across all the Baltic and Nordic nations (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden) reveals which have been the most (and least) successful at getting air traffic back to pre-pandemic levels. For much of the pandemic Norway was leading the way with its extensive domestic network and where […]

September 13, 2022 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

Nordic and Baltic Country Report

The countries comprising the Nordic and Baltic region of Europe have seen significant variations in their rate of traffic recovery since the start of the pandemic. Norway, with its geography making domestic air travel the only viable means of connecting some regions, saw significant travel demand during the first year of the pandemic, at least […]

Play Airlines

Following in the footsteps of Iceland Express (2003-2012) and WOW air (2012-2019), Iceland now has another new airline, aiming to compete with national carrier Icelandair. PLAY (IATA code OG, formerly held by Thailand’s One-Two-Go Airlines) recently received its AOC and will soon be taking delivery of the first of three A321neos, with which it plans […]

May 20, 2021 | Airlines, Europe, Top Story