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Air Iceland routes overhauled in bid to improve performance

Icelandair Group’s efforts to restructure is operations have included shedding UK services operated by its regional division Air Iceland Connect.

The group admits that the regional operation is “challenging” and that it has taken “efficiency measures” in a bid to improve performance.

Air Iceland Connect operates a fleet of six Bombardier turboprops – comprising three Dash 8-200s and three Q400s.

It has withdrawn services to its UK destinations of Aberdeen and Belfast and, as of mid-May, it axed its Q400 flights on the domestic link between Reykjavik Keflavik and Akureyri.

“The company now concentrates its efforts on domestic flights and regional flights between Iceland and Greenland,” says Icelandair Group.

“Work is also in progress on further integrating Air Iceland Connect with Icelandair.”

Icelandair Group’s operational review also involves studying a new connecting bank at Keflavik.

It states that development of the new bank, alongside its current bank, for 2019 is “under examination”, and the company expects to present its findings “in the coming weeks”.

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