LONDON – Iceland’s flag carrier Icelandair has announced the imminent launch of regular scheduled service to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria will become the latest addition to Icelandair’s route network, with the first flight scheduled for November 15. Icelandair previously offered non-scheduled charter flights for travel agencies and tour operators to Las Palmas, but this is the first time the airline has operated scheduled flights to the Canary Islands destination.
Flights will be offered once a week from November 15, 2022 to April 11, 2023, departing from Keflavik at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday.
Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and offers everything needed for the perfect vacation, with endless sunshine, varied landscapes, exciting ocean activities and relaxing beach getaways.
With a population of 870,000, it is often described as a miniature continent due to its diverse flora and fauna, high mountain ranges, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, sand dunes, beaches, of forests and vineyards.
Bogi Nils Bogason, CEO of Icelandair said: “We are delighted to introduce Gran Canaria to our extensive route network, reaching 40 destinations in Europe and North America.”
“Last year we added Tenerife to our program and we received very good feedback from our customers. After the integration of Icelandair and tour operator VITA, new opportunities like these have arisen, which reinforces our network of lines and increases the service to our customers.
Icelandair performance in September
Alongside the announcement of the new Gran Canaria service, the airline also released its September performance data, which predictably shows firm comparative growth in passenger numbers. Icelandair posted a record load factor for the month of September.
In September 2022, Icelandair’s passenger numbers were 387,000, down from 212,000 in September last year. The total load factor on international and domestic flights was 83.3%.
Passenger numbers were 86% of September 2019 passenger numbers, while capacity was up to 84% of 2019 levels. Passenger numbers in the third quarter of 2022 were more than double the number in the same period of 2021.
The number of passengers on international flights was 362,000 compared to 191,000 in September 2021. The number of passengers to Iceland was 141,000 and from Iceland 48,000. Passengers via were 173,000, or 48% international passengers.
Punctuality on international flights was 71%. Punctuality was affected by several factors, mainly weather conditions at Keflavik airport and aircraft maintenance.
The load factor on international flights was 83.4%, compared to 62% in September 2021. This is a record load factor for September. The number of passengers on domestic flights was around 25,000 compared to around 21,000 in September 2021.
Punctuality was 71% and was affected by a lack of aircraft due to aircraft maintenance. The load factor on domestic flights was 78.5% compared to around 71% in September 2021.