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Air Iceland Connect will be merged into Icelandair

Icelandair has made this announcement:

Starting on March 16, 2021 Icelandair and Air Iceland Connect, Icelandair Group’s domestic airline operations, will be integrated into one network with all sales and marketing efforts operating under the Icelandair brand.

The integration of Icelandair and Air Iceland Connect will strengthen and simplify the company’s operations while ensuring a sustainable future for domestic services as well as the West Nordic region.

One strong brand, a simplified booking process and unified distribution systems will allow Icelandair to offer a comprehensive range of products and services to all destinations – domestic and international – in one place, with one search, on one ticket.

Icelandair’s domestic destinations include Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, and Vestmannaeyjar. Air Iceland Connect and Norlandair have collaborated on flights to several additional destinations in Iceland, such as Bíldudalur and Gjögur from Reykjavík airport, and Grímsey, Vopnafjörður and Þórshöfn from Akureyri airport.

Icelandair is not planning any changes at this time for passengers traveling from Reykjavik or Akureyri. However, new products and services are in development and will be introduced later this spring (2021).

Photos: Air Iceland Connect.

 Bogi Nils Bogason, CEO of Icelandair

“The integration of Icelandair and Air Iceland Connect is an important step that will create a stronger and more streamlined airline with more options and improved customer service. Domestic flights are crucial for Icelanders and with this step we can further strengthen our current network for all passengers with more accessibility and more competitive fares.

This is, however, a complex project with many integral details. That’s why we put great emphasis on clear communication with customers and open dialogue with key stakeholders about how we will ensure the development of domestic flights with the value and experience of our customers in mind.

As our domestic flights become more visible through Icelandair’s booking engines, we hope to open more of Iceland to the world with easy connections to our network in Europe and North America while increasing the number of tourist within our domestic operations.”

Air Iceland Connect to downsize due to declining passengers

Air Iceland Connect is planning to sell two of their six Bombardier aircraft due to a decline in passengers, according to local reports.

Air Island Connect currently operates three Bombardier DHC-8-200s (Q200s) and three Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) (above).

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Air Iceland Connect to drop flights from Keflavik, including the UK

Air Iceland Connect (Reykjavik), according to The Reykjavik Grapevine, is dropping its domestic route from Keflavik to Akureyri in Iceland, as well as its international routes to Aberdeen in Scotland and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The routes from Keflavik were designed to connect with the trans-Atlantic routes that operate in and out of Keflavik. According to the carrier, these routes which started in 2017 had not met their expectations.

The company is also expected to trim its fleet, likely to be some of the pictured Bombardier Q400s.

All photos by Air Iceland Connect.


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Air Iceland becomes Air Iceland Connect

Flugfelag Islands-Air Iceland de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202 Dash 8 TF-JMK (msn 446) AEY (Wingnut). Image: 925729.

Air Iceland, as of May 24, 2017, has a new name: Air Iceland Connect.

The airline continued;

There are a number of reasons for the new name, including our increased activity in foreign markets, a significant increase in foreign tourists, increased co-operation with Icelandair and to simplify marketing, as the company’s dual name system has meant a significant increase in costs and has caused some passengers inconvenience and led to misunderstandings.

“We have used the name Air Iceland for years, but by adding the word Connect, we are showing our connection to Icelandic nature and destinations, connecting with our foreign destinations such as Greenland, Scotland and Northern Ireland and distinguishing ourselves slightly from Icelandair. This is a global, descriptive name, and we are convinced that it will create a strong airline brand in the international aviation market,” says Árni Gunnarsson, Managing Director of Air Iceland Connect.

“The company has been working on these changes for some time, renewing the fleet, increasing co-operation with Icelandair, receiving more and more foreign tourists and defining our market policy even better. It is the next logical step to do away with this dual naming system and introduce one descriptive and global brand,” says Árni.

The name change will, of course, take some time, and the domain www.flugfelag.is will remain active but will forward the user to the company website at www.airicelandconnect.com

In addition to a complete renewal of Air Iceland Connect’s fleet, in which Fokker airplanes were replaced by new and better Bombardier Q400 and Q200 airplanes, the company has in the last few months scheduled flights between Akureyri and Keflavík, increased flights to Greenland and Scotland and from 1 June, a new destination will be added, Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Above Copyright Photo: Flugfelag Islands-Air Iceland de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202 Dash 8 TF-JMK (msn 446) AEY (Wingnut). Image: 925729.

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