Icelandair makes schedule changes as 737 Max suspension bites

posted on 24th May 2019 by Justin Burns

Icelandair has made further changes to its flight schedule until 15 September 2019 due to suspension of Boeing 737 Max as the number of passengers to Iceland continues to increase.

To minimise the impact on its passengers, Icelandair has already added three leased aircraft to its fleet for the summer season. The airline said it is now working on the leasing of an additional Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Icelandair said it will start implementing these changes in the next few days and Icelandair’s service representatives will contact the passengers affected.

With these changes, the total seat capacity from 15 July to 15 September will decrease by five per cent from what the carrier had estimated.

However, following these changes the number of available seats during the period will still increase by 10 per cent year-on-year.

Icelandair said its emphasis will continue to remain on increasing the number of passengers to and from Iceland and as of today, the number of bookings by passengers traveling to Iceland during the period June-August has increased by over 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The airline said the financial impact of the suspension of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft is uncertain as the amount of compensation from the aircraft manufacturer is still under review.