U.S. airline Delta has canceled plans for scheduled flights between Keflavík International Airport and Minneapolis next summer as the company was unable to obtain service slots at the airport. In summer 2014, Delta offered daily flights between Iceland and New York.
Friðþór Eydal, spokesperson for Isavia, which runs the airports in Iceland, confirmed to ruv.is that Delta had unsuccessfully applied for service slots. The rejection had been in line with distribution rules, Friðþór explained.
Ólafur Hauksson, spokesperson for Delta in Iceland, said that the airline will continue to offer flights to New York. However, plans to expand its operations in Iceland have been canceled.
The EFTA Court recently concluded that competition authorities can take action when the distribution of service slots is considered to hinder competition. Icelandic airline Wow Air has sued over such an issue, reasoning that Icelandair is given the best slots at Keflavík.
The case is currently being heard by Reykjavík District Court.