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Norwegian to Fly to Iceland, Astraeus Goes Bust

Another budget airline, Norwegian, is set to launch flights to Iceland next year. The airline is planning to offer flights between Keflavík International Airport and Oslo three times a week as of June, 2012, only during the summer to begin with.



The airline’s spokesperson Anne-Sissel Skånvik confirmed these plans to In addition to Norwegian, SAS, Icelandair and Iceland Express also fly between Keflavík and Oslo, the last airline only in the summer.

The least expensive one-way tickets with Norwegian will cost NKK 399 (ISK 8,100) before the airline baggage fee. Norwegian is the second-largest airline in Scandinavia and the third-largest budget airline in Europe.

In other airline news, Delta Air announced yesterday that it intends to continue its flights between Keflavík and the JFK Airport in New York next summer. The airline will offer five flights a week, as of June 2, 2012, Fréttablaðið reports.

Meanwhile, Iceland Express has canceled its New York flights which were scheduled to continue until January 2012.

Yesterday it was announced that British-based aviation operator Astraeus, which has provided Iceland Express with airplanes for years, has gone bankrupt. Both companies are in the ownership of Icelandic investor Pálmi Haraldsson, reports.

Iceland Express has reached an agreement with the Czech company CSA Holidays on the immediate lease of its Airbus passenger aircraft for Iceland Express’s flights, as also announced yesterday. Better punctuality is expected as a result.

The agreement also includes the termination of Iceland Express’s agreement with its service partner, Keflavík Flight Services (KFS), and all of its 30 employees have been laid off as a result.

“It hurts,” CEO of KFS Hilmar Hilmarsson commented to Morgunblaðið. “We just got a phone call from Iceland Express at noon [yesterday] after we had serviced all the airplanes that morning saying that we wouldn’t be servicing any more of their airplanes.”

CSA Holidays has an agreement with the service company IGS, the subsidiary of Icelandair Group, which will now be responsible for servicing Iceland Express’s planes.

“It wasn’t done in a proper manner and it isn’t pleasing to lay staff off just before Christmas,” Hilmar added, stating he will look into the legal aspects of the move.

Click here to read more about Iceland Express and here to read about easyJet’s arrival on the Icelandic aviation market.


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