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Keflavik Airport – now both Icelandair and WOW are pushing growth higher, with more to come
Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport is growing rapidly as it handles an ever-increasing demand both to visit the country and to transit it. Both those options are supported by additional services introduced by Icelandair and its fledgling rival WOW Air, together with non-Icelandic airlines, as the impact of the recession recedes.
Iceland appears to have cornered the market in niche tourism and hub/spoke transfer across the Atlantic, to the extent that its larger Nordic region peer airports might learn a thing or two.
But even such well organised airports fall short of perfection. There are questions around the speed at which additional infrastructure will be provided, about who will operate it, seasonality, whether the lack of alliance activity is a good or bad thing, and punctuality levels.
In common with other CAPA airport profiles this report examines the airport by way of several sets of metrics.
WOW air: the fast-growing Icelandic LCC starts new widebody services to US West Coast
The rapidly growing Icelandic LCC WOW air began a new chapter in its short history on 9-Jun-2016. Just over four years after its inaugural flight – from Reykjavik to Paris on 31-May-2012 – the airline has launched its first widebody service from Reykjavik to San Francisco. This route will be joined on 15-Jun-2016 by a Los Angeles service, also deploying A330-300 aircraft and taking its North American network to six destinations.
With 20 European destinations it is developing a role as a provider of low cost trans-Atlantic connecting services to sit alongside its point-to-point offering. In this respect it is providing growing competition to its larger compatriot Icelandair, which is also growing fast (and profitably).
However for now, at least, there appears to be room for both: Icelandair is not present on 12 of WOW air's European city pairs, or on three of its North American routes. Certainly the North Atlantic needs new competition, and both Icelandic airlines are helping to provide it.