As Keflavik Airport continues to intensify its solid route network, the coming weeks will see the Icelandic gateway not only add a new destination on its route map but promptly launch three new links to the 12th busiest airport in the world (by passenger numbers). Welcoming the inaugural flight from Dallas/Fort Worth this week, Keflavik will be connected to the Texan airport a total of 13 times a week by mid-June, with Icelandic carriers Icelandair and WOW air, as well as new airline partner American Airlines.
Kick starting the new links, WOW air launches a twice-weekly connection on 23 May, shortly followed by Icelandair adding its four times weekly service on 30 May. On 7 June American Airlines joins the airport’s serving carriers when it begins its daily operations resulting in Keflavik offering in excess of 2,600 weekly seats to Dallas/Fort Worth across all three services.
Hlynur Sigurdsson, Commercial Director, Isavia comments on the significant addition to its route network: “To launch three connections in as many weeks to such a large international hub is a sign we remain on the road of rapid growth and airlines continue to recognise the opportunities available.” He adds: “The new flights will not only represent substantial choice for our customers via Dallas/Fort Worth’s immense network, but also allow travellers from North Texas to benefit from our own everexpanding route map, giving them access to Iceland as well as numerous further destinations.”
Dallas/Fort Worth becomes Keflavik’s 24th destination in the US, immediately offering close to 64,000 seats on the city pair during S18. It also sees the international hub jump straight in at 10th place amongst those 24 US cities, ahead of Los Angeles and just behind Seattle-Tacoma in capacity terms. The addition of Dallas/Fort Worth to its network further fortifies the US as Keflavik’s largest country market of the 32 it serves, with nearly 1.3 million seats available throughout the summer.
The arrival of American Airlines, the world’s largest airline – in terms of number of airports operated from – means Keflavik now boasts all three big US hub and spoke carriers, joining Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Together with Air Canada, the Icelandic gateway’s airline roll call now features an impressive line-up of transatlantic carriers.