Icelandair axe Birmingham route

Icelandair currently offer Birmingham’s only direct service to the land of ice and fire, but almost 3 years after the route was opened in February 2015, the airline are axing it.

Icelandair’s most recognisable aircraft, TF-FIU/Hekla Aurora, flew the Inaugural KEF-BHX route on February 5th 2015.

The route which is currently served twice weekly by Boeing 757-200 aircraft, carrying 183 passengers over the airlines three travel classes: Economy, Economy Comfort and Saga Class. The airline announced plans only a few months ago that they would stop operating the  Boeing 757-200 aircraft to Birmingham and would be replacing it with the most cost-efficient single-aisle aircraft produced, the Boeing 737-Max8.

This news is a big blow for the airport which saw 11.6 million passengers pass through it’s doors in 2016. Earlier in the year American Airlines and United Airlines pulled out of Birmingham, leaving the airport without a direct service to the United States for the first time since the 1990’s. Both airlines stated that “poor financial performance” was a key factor behind the decision to end the airports association with flying direct to New York.

American Airlines had only flew from Birmingham to John F. Kennedy for just 20 months before chopping the route in January 2017.
WHY?

With no official statement from the airline, we can only speculate what the reasoning behind this decision is, however crucial factors such as the Pound Sterling’s poor performance against other currencies and the uncertain issue of air travel to and from the UK post-Brexit must have been taken into consideration by the airline’s officials.

Icelandair also recently announced the closure of its routes from Keflavik to Barcelona, Stavanger and Trondheim. It is widely believed that these simply did not have the passenger demand to sustain the scheduled weekly services that the airline currently operates.

WHAT NOW?

Any passengers who have reservations and have not yet been contacted by the airline should click here to be taken to the airline’s customer support page. If your booking was made via a travel agent, please contact them.

Icelandair continue to fly direct to other airports in the United Kingdom, the closest to Birmingham being Manchester and London Heathrow. If you would like to take advantage of some amazing offers including London Gatwick to Reykjavik from just £153pp return, then follow this link to their website.

The last Icelandair service to Keflavik will depart Birmingham on January 18th 2018.