PLAY Adds Frankfurt Connection

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Icelandic budget airliner PLAY is opening a new connection to Frankfurt, Germany.

The first PLAY flight to Frankfurt will be on December 14th, and it will operate four to five times a week throughout the winter.

In a press release, PLAY CEO Birgir Jónsson stated: “It’s fantastic to be able to further enhance our connecting flight network, especially when there is a high demand for transatlantic flights from North America. Revenues from passengers coming from North America are much higher than before, making it a good time to increase our offerings in that market. With ten aircraft in the youngest fleet in Europe, we are well-prepared to expand our route system and generate revenues in good balance with costs.”

Frankfurt is the fourth destination for PLAY in Germany, as the company already operates flights year-round to Berlin and plans to have flights to Düsseldorf and Hamburg in the summer.

 

German Airline Condor Cancels Egilsstaðir and Akureyri Connections

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German airliner, Condor, has cancelled its intended connections to Akureyri and Egilsstaðir, which were announced last summer. Vísir reports.

When the connections were announced, it was originally scheduled for weekly service between Frankfurt and the regional airports.

Read more: German Airline, Condor, to Begin Service to Akureyri and Egilsstaðir

According to Isavia, more time should have been given to allow travel agencies to prepare bookings in advance. Plans to begin the service in 2024 are reportedly underway.

According to Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir, managing director of Isavia’s domestic airports, “there are many factors that led to this result. The marketing abroad did not start early enough to take off for this year, and shifting market conditions also played a part in this happening. The interest of airlines in international flights to the North and East is constantly growing, we have seen this at many industry conventions abroad.”

Never More International Flights Direct to Icelandic Countryside

Akureyri and Egilsstaðir are smaller, regional airports. Akureyri is currently serviced by a handful of international connections, while Egilsstaðir is still only serviced by domestic flights. Many in the tourism industry hope to better connect Iceland’s regional airports, to open up North and East Iceland for more tourism.

Sigrún Björk also stated: “It is extremely important to continue offering access to the country through new portals in line with the government’s policy to promote tourism in all parts of the country. It will continue to be our main goal and the interest is clearly there. The availability of international flights through Akureyri has never been greater, and travel agencies that offer trips there have been increasing the number of trips.”

Market research indicates that many tourists who visit Iceland once express interest in exploring other, less accessible, parts of the country. Germany is a main driver in the growth of the Icelandic tourism industry, and Sigrún Björk expressed her full confidence in Condor’s future commitment to Icelandic connections.

Direct Flights to be Offered Between Zürich and Akureyri

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Edelweiss, a Swiss airline, has announced that it will be offering direct flights between Zürich and Akureyri for a seven-week period this coming summer.

The flights will run from July 7 to August 18, but the airline has also announced plans to introduce a longer 4-month long route in the summer of 2024, if the route proves popular.

See also: Play Adds Routes to Stockholm, Hamburg

The route will be serviced by an Airbus A320, which is capable of carrying some 174 passengers.

In a press release, Edelweiss airline stated: “Akureyri is the ideal starting point for visiting the highlights of Iceland and can also be perfectly combined with flights to Keflavik. The airport in the north of the country is served every Friday.”

The new route is just one new addition in an attempt to increase international connections to the North of Iceland. German airline Condor has also announced new routes to Akureyri in the summer, giving travelers to Iceland more choices than previous, in addition to opening up a new region of the country to tourism.