Iceland’s flagship carrier Icelandair is ready for a major expansion next year. The airline has announced it will be adding three new destinations in 2014. These destinations include Edmonton and Vancouver in Canada, and Geneva in Switzerland. The flights to these destinations would be operated out of the airline’s main hub at Keflavik International Airport. Icelandair will also be including three additional Boeing 757 aircrafts in its fleet.
Icelandair said that its schedule for 2014 will be the biggest in the company’s history. The capacity in 2014 would be significantly increased by 18 percent from this year. The airline said that three new destinations would be added and frequency increased to several cities in North America and Europe.
Regarding its traffic forecast, Icelandair said that the number of passengers expected to fly with it is estimated at over 2.6 million in 2014, as compared to just fewer than 2.3 million in 2013. The airline will also be adding three Boeing 757 aircrafts in its fleet. With the new aircrafts, the airline’s existing fleet of 18 aircrafts will be increased to 21 aircrafts in 2014.
Icelandair said that it has witnessed strong organic growth in the past few years. The airline said that the 2014 schedule would be double in size as compared to the one in 2009. According to the airline, the departures from Iceland have grown from 4,500 in 2009 up to 9,000 in 2014, and passenger numbers in 2009 were 1.3 million or half of next year’s estimate.