Icelandair commenced operations to Cleveland on 16 May, with the US airport producing a splendid Northern Lights-themed cake to greet the airline’s arrival. A ribbon-cutting ceremony also took place to officially open the route, with Icelandair’s Director of Network Planning and Scheduling, Egill Almar Agustsson, and Cleveland Airport’s Director, Robert Kennedy, joining the inaugural flight Captain to snip the ribbon. Services will be flown on the airline’s 737 MAX 8s.
- Icelandair joined the carrier line-up at Cleveland (CLE) this week, with the airline inaugurating flights to the US airport from Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF). Launched on 16 May, Cleveland becomes the first-ever route launch that Icelandair has conducted using its 737 MAX 8s, with the European flag carrier planning to use the aircraft type on its five weekly rotations to the Ohio city. The airline follows fellow Icelandic carrier WOW air in serving Cleveland, with the latter having launched the 4,479-kilometre sector on 3 May. Icelandair’s next US route launch takes place on 25 May, the day which sees the carrier begin service to Kansas City. Following on from this, the airline will also add Baltimore/Washington, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Francisco to its S18 schedule in the coming weeks. During the period between January and November last year, Icelandair flew 1.21 million passengers to/from the US, representing an 18% increase versus the 1.03 million it transported during the same period of 2016 on US services. With Reykjavik/Keflavik handling 8.15 million passengers during the first 11 months of 2017, it means that 15% of the airport’s passengers during that period flew on Icelandair services to the US. It should be noted that 9.7% of the Icelandic hub’s passengers during this time flew with WOW air to/from the US, with the transatlantic battle of the carriers continuing to intensify. See how Cleveland Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.