Articles tagged “icelandair”

Will Wow Air’s Demise Ease Iceland’s Overtourism Problem?

Will Wow Air’s Demise Ease Iceland’s Overtourism Problem?

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Nick Rigillo, Bloomberg

Blessing in disguise in terms of addressing overtourism? Or a terrible blow to Iceland's economy? We'll have to wait and see just how the loss of Wow Air will play out in the country.

7 months ago

RIP Wow Air: Discount Airline Finally Calls It Quits

RIP Wow Air: Discount Airline Finally Calls It Quits

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's the end of the road for Wow Air. But what does its failure mean for Iceland's aviation and tourism industries?

7 months ago

Wow Air Moves On After Frontier Owner Bails on Talks

Wow Air Moves On After Frontier Owner Bails on Talks

Patrick Whyte, Skift

If Indigo Partners isn't willing to invest, we're betting that things don't look pretty at Wow Air. Will the struggling carrier survive?

7 months ago

Icelandair’s Pass on Buying Wow Air Ignites New Worries About the Discount Carrier

Icelandair’s Pass on Buying Wow Air Ignites New Worries About the Discount Carrier

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Only two months ago Wow Air was talking optimistically about an initial public offering. Since then, a profit warning and other bad publicity led many consumers to abandon buying tickets on the carrier. The collapse of low-cost rival Primera made creditors tougher, too.

11 months ago

Icelandair to Buy Rival Wow Air

Icelandair to Buy Rival Wow Air

Patrick Whyte, Skift

This looks like a marriage of convenience for the carriers. Both are struggling, as is the wider Icelandic tourism industry. We'll have to wait and see whether one is better than two.

12 months ago

Iceland Tourism Growth Is Dramatically Slowing

Iceland Tourism Growth Is Dramatically Slowing

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Nick Rigillo, Bloomberg

Although Icelandair and Wow Air are facing new challenges, it would be difficult to conclude that the country's overtourism problems are behind it. Maybe this could be an opportunity for Iceland tourism to pause, and consider next steps.

1 year ago

Icelandair Struggles Despite a Hot Local Tourism Market

Icelandair Struggles Despite a Hot Local Tourism Market

Brian Sumers, Skift

Iceland should be a good air market right now. But increased competitive capacity is putting major pressure on Icelandair. The carrier's new CEO is going to have to find a way to get the airline back on track.

1 year ago

Airlines Test Adding Metasearch to Their Websites

Airlines Test Adding Metasearch to Their Websites

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If they can't beat the online travel companies, airlines might as well try to copy those companies' slickest moves. A couple of carriers are testing the display of flights on rival airlines in an attempt to prevent consumers from clicking away to shop elsewhere.

1 year ago

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

When the U.S. military built Keflavik airport in the middle of World War Two, nobody would have thought that Iceland would go on to become a major tourist destination. Expanding it therefore makes sense, but the country also needs to consider how other parts of the island will cope with millions more visitors.

2 years ago

The New Wave of Booking Tech That’s Disrupting How Airlines Sell Tickets

The New Wave of Booking Tech That’s Disrupting How Airlines Sell Tickets

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airlines are using new channels, such as Facebook chat and other airlines' websites, to sell their seats and other products. Some are turning to startups for help, rather than rely only on establishment vendors.

3 years ago

Airline Stopover Programs Can Be a Huge Tourism Catalyst

Airline Stopover Programs Can Be a Huge Tourism Catalyst

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Icelandair's stopover policies helped put Iceland tourism on the map but some copycats such as Finnair, Qantas, Copa and Emirates have failed to leverage the gains or made the stopovers too difficult for flyers to take advantage of.

3 years ago

Iceland’s Main Airport Finally Gets Its First Domestic Route

Iceland’s Main Airport Finally Gets Its First Domestic Route

Kristjan Sigurjonsson, Skift

If Iceland wants to do a better job spreading its massive influx of visitors around the country, it's going to need to more than one domestic flight out of Keflavik.

3 years ago