In spite of a weakened pound the demand for flights to Iceland is so great that next winter will see 10 daily flights from London to Reykjavik.
Air traffic between Iceland and the UK reaches its peak during the winter months but decreases slightly in the summer months. The reason is the fact that among British tourists Iceland is more popular in winter than summer. In February last year, for instance, 43 thousand British passengers departed from Keflavik Airport compared to 51 thousand in June, July and August combined. February this year saw a ten percent increase in British visitors and 427 flights scheduled from Keflavik to the UK. Out of those some 268 flights were bound for London but out of all the destinations on offer from Keflavik Airport, London is the by far the most prevalent.
In total almost 1,3 million passengers flew between the UK and Iceland last year, increase of 33% from 2015 according to numbers from CAA.
Iceland continues to be in-demand
Up until now Icelandair has provided the bulk of the flights between Iceland and the UK capital and the airline made 23 trips per week to Heathrow and Gatwick during the peak of activity last winter. The schedule for Icelandair next winter is unchanged and the same goes for WOW Air, Norwegian and British Airways which also make also offer scheduled flights between Iceland and London. easyJet is however going from 20 to 26 flights from London to Iceland this winter. Gloria Maydew from easyJet says that the reason for this increase is an ongoing high demand for the route. But in total easyJet offer flights to Iceland from seven UK airports, including Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.
When easyJet‘s increase in frequency is accounted for, next winter will see 73 weekly flights on average from London to Reykjavik (KEF). For comparison, this route had 19 flights per week in February 2012 when Icelandair and Iceland Express were the only airlines covering this route. As the graph below shows, the number of flights have doubled since 2014.
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