Icelandair wraps up successful inaugural season at KCI, plans to expand its schedule

Jim Cunningham
September 26, 2018 - 8:24 am



As Icelandair finishes its first season of service at Kansas City International Airport, the company's executives say they are mostly happy with how things went.

Monday is the last day of service at KCI in 2018 for Icelandair. Iceland's tourism industry mostly shuts down during the country's long winters.

When service launched May 26, it did not take long for Icelandair to really take off in Kansas City. By the end of July, nearly 4,000 passengers had flown on the airline. Icelandair flights have been more than 70 percent full, said Justin Meyer, deputy director of aviation, marketing and air service development for the Kansas City Aviation Department.

"One thing to keep in mind is that we had a very short season of selling period," Meyer said. "(The flight schedule) wasn't announced until January."

Icelandair executives are so pleased with their success in Kansas City that they have decided to add a fourth nonstop flight per week in 2019.

"The other positive is they're showing a brand-new 737-8 Max as the aircraft operating the route next year," Meyer said. "It will be a slight decrease in seats per departure, but with the increase in frequency, it would be a net gain in weekly seats."

Icelandair hopes 2019 proves to be even more successful. The plan is to eventually expand the flight season beyond the current schedule from May 25 to October 1.

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