Monday, 14 March 2022

North Iceland to get a new airline in 79 days!

North Iceland is all set to get a new airline in 79 days' time and it will be nice!  No really,  it will be nice,  Niceair is based in Akureyri, North Iceland and will start its flight operation in 79 days' time according to its website that counts down to the big day!

Its name is meant to be representative of  North Iceland and the firm will serve what is said to be a growing market in that region and attract foreign tourists. Niceair's Managing Director Þorvaldur Lúðvík Sigurjónsson said “The foundation of Niceair comes in the wake of two years of research, in cooperation with foreign and local parties.  The company’s goal is to secure scheduled flights year-round to foreign destinations from Akureyri Airport. That will simultaneously improve the quality of life for residents in the area, improve the access of foreign tourists to North Iceland, and last, but not least, greatly improve the competitiveness of companies in the area.”

The airline has secured a long lease on an Airbus A319 with 150 seats which will operate routes to UK, Denmark and Spain. 

Akureyri Airport manager, Hjördís Þórhallsdóttir said: "We are extremely pleased to have our own airline at Akureyri Airport. Here in the north, there is a rapidly growing urban community that must have scheduled flights."

Niceair, as well as other airlines in Iceland, will be hoping for a speedy end to the war in Ukraine after aircraft fuel rose to its highest level over the last few days in 13 years.  Since the start of the Russian invasion, the price has risen by around 50% and whilst some airlines who hedged at a cheaper price are reaping the benefits now, many did not and are facing increasing demand on already stretched finances. Icelandair has lost just over a quarter of its value since 24th February while its local competitor newly formed Play has seen its share price dip down to its lowest point since it entered the marketplace.

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