Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks Bring Forward Flights to Iceland
The British airline Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks have decided to speed up their plans for flights and city tours from Manchester in England to Iceland by a month. This is due to the high demand for travel to Iceland and the expectation that Iceland will be defined as a green country on the British government’s list when the ban on unnecessary travel from the UK is expected to be lifted in mid-May.
Milestone Contract for Isavia
Isavia has signed a contract with Verkfræðistofa Suðurnesja (Suðurnes Engineering Firm) for project supervision and consultation for the new extension to the Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal. Construction will begin in the next few weeks and is part of various projects that relate to the enlargement of the air terminal and improvements at Keflavík Airport, as a result of the state’s Isavia share capital increase . Hundreds of new jobs will be created this summer in connection with the planned project that has been prepared over the past few months through invitations to tender and price surveys.
Sunflower Project for Passengers with Hidden Disabilities
Passengers with hidden disabilities have the option of wearing a sunflower lanyard while traveling through Keflavik Airport. This is a new service on offer at the airport. Staff is informed that passengers wearing the lanyard might need more time, patience and understanding during their time at the airport.
United Airlines Flies to Iceland again this summer from New York and Chicago
United Airlines announced today that the US airline will start flying to Iceland again this summer as countries begin to reopen to vaccinated travelers. United is expanding its service to Iceland with the first U.S. carrier service from Chicago to Reykjavik from July 1st to October 4th. The schedule is timed for connections in Chicago O’Hare to over 100 cities in North America. This new service builds upon United’s existing service to Reykjavik from Newark, with daily flights from June 3rd to October 30th.
Delta returns to Keflavik Airport
U.S. airline Delta has announced plans to fly to Iceland from three U.S. destinations this coming summer. In addition to Minneapolis and New York they have added Boston which is a new destinaton for the airline to and from Keflavik Airport. The flights will start in May. “We are delighted be news of this announcement by Delta,” says Guðmundur Daði Rúnarsson, Chief Commercial and Airport Development Officer at Keflavik Airport. “The addition of Boston as a new destination is confirmation of what we have been saying recently. There is great interest in Iceland as a destination post Covid-19.”
ISK 13.2BN loss from the operation of Isavia in 2020
The results of the Isavia group for the year 2020 were negative by ISK 13.2bn after taxes, a ISK 14.4bn change from the year before. The year’s income amounted to ISK 14.7bn, a decrease of around 62%. Cash and cash equivalents amounted to approximately ISK 9.4bn at the end of 2020. This is stated in the financial statements of the Isavia group that were approved at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held online today. The majority of the income decrease of the group between years can be traced to the operation of Keflavík Airport and the Duty-Free Store, as the number of passengers passing through the Airport decreased by 81%.
Special recognition for hygiene during Covid
Keflavík Airport is among the group of 15 airports in Europe receiving special recognition from Airports Council International (ACI) for hygiene during the past year. “It is extremely gratifying to see that the passengers that have passed through the airport last year have been pleased with the measures that we have put in place. This clearly shows that the employees of Isavia and our business partners at Keflavík Airport have been successful in their endeavors under very difficult conditions last year," says Guðmundur Daði Rúnarsson, Chief Commercial and Airport Development Officer (CCDO) at Isavia.
Construction work at Keflavik Airport for almost ISK 12BN - Invitation to tender for 6 projects
Isavia plans to issue invitations to tender for six construction projects at Keflavík Airport this year. The construction costs are just under ISK 12bn and the work is expected to be completed this year or in 2022. The projects were presented at the Procurement Seminar held by the Federation of Icelandic Industries (Samtök Iðnaðarins) which was recently streamed on the Internet. Isavia was among the 11 companies and public bodies that presented projects for which they planned to issue an invitation to tender this year.
Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks to launch summer route between Manchester and Iceland in 2022
Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks have extended their winter activities in Iceland into the summer season of 2022. Flights will be operated between Manchester and Keflavik airports twice a week from April till October.
Traffic at Keflavík Airport Before Christmas and Around New Year´s Eve
Isavia would like to point out that there may be heavy traffic through Keflavík Airport in the days leading up to Christmas and around New Year’s Eve. We expect there to be more travellers than there have been over the past weeks and months. Passengers leaving on certain peak days, i.e. 18 and 19 December and 2 and 3 January, are encouraged to arrive at the airport for check-in and security screening 3 hours prior to departure. This is to avoid potentially difficult situations and thereby ensure that throughput is as smooth as possible.
Advantage for Iceland when travel starts again
Iceland has been a growing tourism destination in the last decade while Keflavik Airport has been strengthening its position as a hub between Europe and North America. Keflavik Airport recently took part in the International Routes conference which was held online as Routes Reconnected. The conference was a forum for discussion on the way forward. Along with Keflavik Airport representatives of numerous airlines and other airports met to discuss prospects after the COVID-19 pandemic.