Icelandair to stop flying its non-stop international route from KCI in 2020

KMBZ News Staff
October 02, 2019 - 5:48 am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Icelandair has announced the airline will stop the only nonstop transatlantic service from KCI next summer, citing "commercial reasons" for ending the service.

Icelandair has been forced to shell out millions of dollars to rent aircraft after its fleet of Boeing 737 Max jets were grounded.

Justin Meyer, marketing director for Fly KCI, says that Icelandair began service to and from Kansas City in 2018 as one of a number of test markets across the country.

The airline decided to stay another year, and Meyer believes that bodes well for other transatlantic travel at KCI. 

"Kansas City was one of very few new markets that turned on that got the fight back for a second year," Meyer said. "That really intrigued the international airline marketplace, because something was working."

Meyer said that's made things more difficult in KC, which relies heavily on seasonal travelers.

"Two years of summer seasonal service, we hoped to see that service expand, but unfortunately we learned they won't be coming back," Meyer said. 

While Icelandair is leaving, Meyer says he is confident KCI will have transatlantic service again in the not-so-distant future.


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