The aircraft on the right (on stand 4) was the inaugural thrice-weekly ‘twilight’ flight from Birmingham to Reykjavik/Keflavik for Flybe, while the aircraft behind and to the left (on stand 8R) performed the first thrice-weekly flight to Ibiza. A cake featuring a Jökulsárlón tour boat — a large glacial lake in south-east Iceland — was waiting for the arriving flight in Iceland, which was supported by the flag-waving Stuart Gill, UK Ambassador in Iceland, and Fred Kochak from Flybe. Aircraft photo: Gordon Stretch.
- Flybe added two more destinations from its biggest UK hub at Birmingham (BHX), which offers over 350 weekly flights, thanks to the addition of thrice-weekly services to Ibiza (IBZ) and Rekyjavik/Keflavik (KEF). While the 1,759-kilometre sector to the Icelandic capital will face no direct competition (until Icelandair launches in February 2015), the Ibiza service will have to face the four incumbents on the route – Monarch Airlines (six times weekly), Thomson Airways (four times weekly), Ryanair (thrice-weekly) and Thomas Cook Airlines (weekly). Both flights started on 29 June and both are operated by the carrier’s 88-seat E175s. See how Reykjavik/Keflavik Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.