Bumper October for Iceland’s airlines

Passengers disembarking from an Icelandair jet.

Passengers disembarking from an Icelandair jet. Photo: Skapti Hallgrímsson

Both of Iceland’s main airlines – Icelandair and WOW air – have posted record-breaking figures for October 2015.

Foreign tourists booming market

Icelandair flew a total of 254,000 international passengers last month, 19% more than in October 2014 and the airline’s highest October figure ever. Passenger loads also broke records with Icelandair aircraft flying on average 83.6% full last month.

Passenger numbers grew most in the foreign tourist market, with numbers up 31.8%. Passenger numbers on internal flights and flights to Greenland are up 3% year on year.

Passengers numbers doubled in 12 months

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air had a similarly successful month of October.

It flew a total of 74,000 passengers to and from Iceland last month, a whopping 97% more than in October 2014. Passenger loads were even higher than Icelandair’s at 92%, up from 90% last year.

So far this year, 619,000 passengers have chosen to fly with WOW air – up 43% on the same period in 2014.

A WOW air Airbus.

A WOW air Airbus. Photo: WOW air

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