11 May, 2023

295,874 people travelled with Icelandair in April....

In April 2023, Icelandair‘s passengers were 295,874 compared to 241,914 in April last year, an increase of 22%. Capacity in April was 17% higher than last year, the airline has reported this week. 

Passengers on international flights were 273,191 compared to nearly 219,000 in April 2022, that's an increase of around 25%. Passengers to Iceland were 103,813 and 53,173 from Iceland. Via passengers were around 116,450. 

The airline says that 80% of its international flights were on time or very close to it and the average load factor was 83.4%. Despite increased competition, the load factor on North American routes was 85.3%, and improved by 10.4 ppt compared to April last year.

Domestically, the airline flew 22,683 people on its flights which were 77.2% full and 84% operated on time.


Route NetworkApr 23Apr 22CHG (%)YTD 23YTD 22CHG (%)
Number of Passengers295,874241,91422%960,162663,89245%
Load Factor83.3%76.4%6.9 ppt79.4%70.3%9.1 ppt
Available Seat KM (ASK´000,000)1,009.6862.017%3,364.12,565.631%
Revenue Passenger KM (RPK´000,000)841.3658.928%2,672.11,803.248%
  To market (passengers)103,81394,69110%391,935297,74232%
  From market (passengers)52,92853,1700%190,039139,26036%
  Via market (passengers)116,45071,09064%292,993153,33591%
Number of Passengers273,191218,95125%874,967590,33648%
Load Factor83.4%76.4%7.0 ppt79.5%70.2%9.3 ppt
Available Seat KM (ASK´000,000)1,001.0854.117%3,331.82,539.731%
Revenue Passenger KM (RPK´000,000)834.6652.628%2,647.51,782.649%
Stage length (KM)3,0272,9822%2,9803,024-1%
On-Time-Performance (Arrivals)80.0%85.0%-5.0 ppt78.0%73.5%4.5 ppt
Number of Passengers22,68322,963-1%85,19573,55616%
Load Factor77.2%80.3%-3.1 ppt76.2%79.7%-3.5 ppt
Available Seat KM (ASK´000,000)8.67.99%32.325.825%
On-Time-Performance (Arrivals)84%88%-4.0 ppt84%69%15.0 ppt
Cargo & LeasingApr 23Apr 22CHG (%)YTD 23YTD 22CHG (%)
Sold Block Hours - Leasing1,1931,01717%4,9254,6616%
Freight Tonne KM (FTK´000)14,73513,5519%57,96847,28923%
CO2 EMISSIONSApr 23Apr 22CHG (%)YTD 23YTD 22CHG (%)
Total CO2 emissions tonnes73,73764,14715%249,460197,39426%
CO2 emissions per OTK0.730.79-7%0.770.87-12%

Read on for details on Icelandair's upcoming winter schedule. 

Recently the airline released details of its winter schedule which will commence in October this year and will see Icelandair fly to 36 destinations and capacity increased by 20-25%.

Frequency to a number of destinations has been increased and for the first time day flights to New York and Boston are added to the winter schedule, putting weekly flights up to 11 from Reykjavik to Boston, and 21 from Reykjavik to New York. The expanded network will offer passengers greater choice and flexibility from Icelandair’s hub in Reykjavik.

Changes from seasonal to year-round service

Due to popular demand and strong commercial performance, the Rome, Barcelona, Raleigh Durham, Baltimore, and Vancouver routes have all been upgraded from seasonal to year-round for winter 23/24.

New year-round destinations:
Barcelona (BCN)    Three flights per week
Raleigh-Durham (RDU)    Four flights per week
Rome (FCO)   Three flights per week
Vancouver (YVR)   Four flights per week
Baltimore (BWI)  Daily flights

Increased frequency and flexibility

Alongside the expansion of seasonal routes, Icelandair has introduced a number of frequency changes and up-gauges throughout the season to ensure customer travel needs are met. This will allow passengers more travel choices throughout the Icelandair network.

This includes an introduction of up to daily flights from Keflavik to Chicago, Minneapolis and Munich. The winter season will also see frequency uplifts to some of the most popular destinations in the Icelandair network such as Boston and New York.

Boston (BOS)   7 to 11 flights per week
Chicago (ORD)    5-7 flights per week
Minneapolis (MSP)    4-7 flights per week
Munich (MUC)    Daily flights
New York (JFK)    17-21 flights per week
Tenerife (TFS)   4-6 flights per week
Prague (PRG)   Extended until 5 January, 2 flights per week in November and December