Articles tagged “icelandair”

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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

9 months 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.

1 year 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 years ago

You Can Now Book Icelandair Tickets on Facebook Messenger

You Can Now Book Icelandair Tickets on Facebook Messenger

Brian Sumers, Skift

Kudos to Icelandair for trying something new. But since the Facebook Messenger platform is clunky, most travelers should probably stick with the airline's website.

3 years ago

Iceland’s Low-Cost Carrier Wow Air Is Bringing Cheap Flights to New York

Iceland’s Low-Cost Carrier Wow Air Is Bringing Cheap Flights to New York

Brian Sumers, Skift

Deal seekers, rejoice. New Yorkers now have a new cheap way to reach Europe. But don't expect it to be comfortable.

3 years ago

Icelandair’s New In-Flight Wi-Fi Study Is a Thing of Beauty

Icelandair’s New In-Flight Wi-Fi Study Is a Thing of Beauty

Marisa Garcia, Skift

Yes, it’s a gently skewed sales tool for Icelandair. Of course, it is! But it’s still gorgeous. We hope it will inspire other airlines to go make a better one. They can start right now.

3 years ago