British Airways will cut the number of flights it operates to Reykjavik. Despite the famous collapse of WOW Air earlier this year, the carrier often has to compete with high capacity Icelandair flights on the route.
This year hasn’t been a great one for choice when flying to Iceland. Earlier in the year, we witnessed the collapse of WOW Air, Iceland’s low-cost carrier. Following the airline’s demise, the capacity to Iceland instantly fell. Now it looks like the choice is about to shrink slightly more as British Airways is to cut their Rekjavik frequency.
The new schedule
According to Routes Online, British Airways will drop four flights per week from London Heathrow to Reykjavik from October 27th. This means that the carrier will now be operating a daily return flight. However, the timing of the flight depends on the day, with four different time slots out to Reykjavik, and five different times for the return flight depending on the day.
The outward flight, BA 894, is due to depart from London between 07:10 and 09:25 in the morning, depending on the day of travel. It is then scheduled to land in Reykjavik between 10:25 and 12:40 accordingly.
The return flight, BA 895, is scheduled to leave Reykjavik at 11:25 at the earliest, and 13:40 at the latest. This means the flight will land in London between 14:35 and 16:50.
What does this mean?
The drop in frequency means that passengers have even less choice regarding flights to Iceland. They were dealt a huge blow when WOW Air collapsed. Some passengers were stranded, while others had flights canceled. As a result, there have been effects on Iceland’s economy. Now, four more flights have been canceled each week, meaning that passengers have less flexibility flying from London to Reykjavik.
Why cut the frequency?
It is possible that British Airways does not have the demand to operate 11 flights a week. While they undoubtedly gained some passengers when WOW collapsed, their main competitor on the route is Icelandair.
Icelandair was operating the Boeing 737 MAX on the route from London to Reykjavik on some flights. However, the airline has had to get creative in order to keep the route up and running., due to the MAX being grounded. In fact, Icelandair was forced to fire its MAX pilots as a result of the aircraft’s ban.
As such, Icelandair has been operating some larger capacity Boeing aircraft on the route in its place. Clearly, they would rather do this than cancel the route. As such, British Airways could be experiencing less demand for its flights. It appears to be a case of one flight being fine to serve the passengers from two flights.
Simple Flying approached British Airways for comment, however, we did not receive a response in this instance.
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