Positive results from the 2019 operation of Isavia
Despite the considerable decrease in the number of tourists last year, the results of the Isavia group were positive by ISK 1.2bn after taxes, a decrease of around ISK 3.1bn from the year before. If account is taken of the write-down of accounts receivable due to the bankruptcy of WOW air, the decrease between years amounts to ISK 1.2bn. The year’s income decreased by approximately ISK 3.3bn, which is a decrease of around 8%. Cash and cash equivalents amounted to approximately ISK 9.2bn at the end of 2019.
Isavia´s response to the effects of Covid-19
Isavia has currently started laying off employees in response to the enormous effects that the spread of COVID-19 has had on the volume of tourists coming to Iceland. The majority of the layoffs will be at Keflavík Airport, where it is clear that there will be a decrease in traffic for an undetermined period. Considerable efforts are made to focus on making the company ready to advance again when the effects of COVID-19 begin to decrease.
Limited opening hours for shops and restaurants
The opening hours of restaurants and shops have been limited due to the reduction in the number of flights. In the main shopping area, the DutyFree Store and Mathús (House of Food, self-service restaurant) are always open when flights are on schedule.
Keflavik Airport wins global service awards
Keflavik International Airport is one of the world‘s best airports for customer experience, according to the results of ACI‘s (Airport Council International) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme. The airport ranks among the top eight European airports that welcome between 5 to 15 million passengers per year.
Health Alert Notice for International Travellers in Iceland Concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Keflavik International Airport cooperatives with the Chief Epidemiologist, the Directorate of Health and the Civil Protection Department to coordinate response to the increased spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
ASÍ and Isavia join hands to improve information to foreign workers
Isavia and ASÍ (The Icelandic Confederation of Labour) have joined hands to increase visibility and availability of information for foreign workers in Iceland. The initiative will cover information about the Icelandic labour market in general, collective bargaining agreements as well as employee rights and obligations. ASÍ president Drífa Snædal, and Sveinbjörn Indriðason CEO of Isavia, signed an agreement about the collaboration at Keflavik Airport Thursday morning.
Meeting of Isavia and the TSA
Wednesday, February 19, Sveinbjörn Indriðason, CEO of Isavia met with David P. Pekoske, the Administrator of TSA, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, and Jeffrey Ross Gunter, the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland. The main topic of the meeting was to discuss the mutual interests of Iceland and the United States in terms of airport operations and air transport. The importance of good cooperation between Isavia and TSA, as well as the possibilities of further cooperation, were also discussed.
Electric buses for trial at Keflavik Airport
Isavia, the operator of Keflavik International Airport, has been evaluating the feasibility of replacing diesel buses, that transfer passengers between terminal and aircraft, with electric ones. For the trial, Isavia staff have driven a Mercedes Benz eCitario around the airport apron. The bus proves to be remarkably silent, with good handling, and very suitable for tarmac operations. Isavia already has already employed electric cars for some years. They fit the operations and conditions at Keflavik Airport very well, with flat land, short driving distances and readily available electricity from renewable sources.
A new action plan for the environment
Since 2015, Isavia has achieved a staggering 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions from operations per passenger. To continue this ambitious journey towards more sustainable airport operations, Isavia's Executive Board has launched an updated Environment and Climate Action Plan for Isavia and subsidiaries. The updated plan is mainly focused on goals for 2020 and 2021.
Isafjordur Airport has one of the world‘s most scenic approaches
Isafjordur Airport located in the Icelandic Westfjords made it to PrivateFly‘s shortlist for the most Scenic Airport Approaches. Only twelve other European airports made it to the list. Voting is open to all until March 15, 2020.
Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks expands Iceland programme for Winter 2020-2021
Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks has announced a major expansion to its Iceland programme for Winter 2020-2021 with scheduled flights from Birmingham and Manchester Airports available for the first time, alongside services from London Stansted, Belfast International and Edinburgh Airports.