Niceair, an association for international flights in Akureyri, has been established and the maiden flight is scheduled for 2 June next. The name Niceair is intended to refer to northern Iceland and the company will handle “the growing market in the area for both locals and foreign tourists.”
This is stated in a statement from Niceair.
“Initially, flights will be to the UK, Denmark, and Spain, but sales will begin in the coming weeks. The company has secured an Airbus A319 aircraft with 150 seats, but this type of aircraft is long-range and suitable for conditions in Akureyri as well as having good cargo space. ”
According to porvaldur Ludvik Sigurjonsson, CEO of Niceair, the conditions for flights to and from Akureyri have changed significantly from what they were before.
“The Niceair follows two years of research work in collaboration with foreign and domestic parties. The company’s intention is to establish scheduled flights throughout the year to foreign destinations from Akureyri Airport. This will at the same time improve the living conditions of individuals in the area, improve the access of foreign tourists to the North, and last but not least, increase the competitiveness of companies in the area. ”
20 jobs will be created in Akureyri
To begin with, Niceair’s operating license will be in the hands of a European carrier.
“It can be estimated that about 20 jobs will be created in Akureyri, but the crews will be both domestic and foreign, and wages will be comparable to those in the Icelandic labor market. Crew training will take place both in Iceland and abroad, “says the announcement.
Þorvaldur Ludvik says that the company is well-financed and has strong sponsors.
“It is especially gratifying how diverse a wide range of companies, individuals and institutions in the North have flocked to the company, but KEA, Holdur, Kaldbakur, Norlandair, Armar, Ferdaskrifstofa Akureyrar, Nordurbod, the brewery Kaldi, kaelismidjan Frost, Finnur ehf. and more companies are among the shareholders. No shareholder is noticeably large and no one is over 8%. In the coming months, the public and companies will be invited to acquire a share in the company. ”
Rejoice in getting your own airline
The announcement also states that Niceair’s flights to Akureyri are likely to support year-round service throughout the country. This has long been the goal of the tourism industry, and research from the Icelandic Tourist Board has shown that 70% of return passengers to Iceland want to go directly ashore.
“We are extremely pleased to have our own airline at Akureyri Airport. Here in the north, there is a rapidly growing urban community that must have scheduled flights between countries to the main destinations for people and freight. It has been a joint effort by many stakeholders here in the north for a long time to build up the destination and this is a very positive and big step that we see here taken, “said Hjordís Porhallsdottir, airport manager of Akureyri Airport in the announcement.
According to Þorvaldur Ludvik, Niceair expects growth in the coming years.
” It is important to be able to seize opportunities for further growth as demand increases. We look forward to working together with Islandsstofa, Markadsstofa Nordurlands, Austurbru, and the government to promote Nordur- and Austurland as new destinations in Iceland. ”
Destinations will be announced in the coming weeks and sales will begin immediately afterward on the company’s website, www.niceair.is. Niceair’s booking engine will be connected to Dohop and other foreign booking engines, which will make it easier for the company’s passengers to book directly between Akureyri and destinations abroad via the company’s airports in Europe.