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Old 18th Jul 2017, 06:12
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Super breaks adds 1 off charter 3 nts to Iceland in January 2018
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 11:32
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Mistral Air to operate Seasonal charters to Salzburg apparently.
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 13:51
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Apologies for the spotterish question, but what was the B747 that departed in the small hours of this morning?
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 14:55
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I'd be more concerned by somebody describing reduced security levels as a more pleasant experience.

Mistral Air to operate Seasonal charters to Salzburg apparently.
When? is this next summer, they've been op to Salzburg this summer?

Apologies for the spotterish question, but what was the B747 that departed in the small hours of this morning?
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 16:13
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Mistral Air have been operating the past few months for Thomson Lakes. Mistral Air have then been using leased aircraft over from Go2Sky to cover the Salzburg flight.
Neos Air have also been doing the Verona for Thomson also.
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 18:33
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Thanks for the info, SWB. Surprising how noisy those things sound at that time of night!
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 14:58
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Brilliant to finally see Iceland on our departure boards, it's been a long time coming, hopefully it'll entice a scheduled operator somewhere along the line
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 15:09
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Just to be picky, Icelandair operated Christmas shopping charters in the early nineties (and earlier?).
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 15:13
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I never knew that! Thank you for enlightening me. Was that us shopping there or them shopping here? The pull of the metrocentre?

Having looked at the trip on offer... It doesn't actually mention Reykjavik, I think it might actually be to Akureyri, which I do find rather odd indeed!
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 15:18
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Inbounds. Manx also did the same in the 90's and shopping trips also contributed to the long running Braathens flights.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 20:59
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Iceland surely only a matter of time before someone launches a proper service there.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 21:13
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Icelandair used to do regular-ish freight charters (Boeing 727s full of fish) for a spell in the 90s or maybe late 80s as well.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 21:20
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Whos operating the route?
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 23:02
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Enter Air I believe are operating the 1 charter
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Old 20th Jul 2017, 02:15
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Iceland is fashionable at the moment. I know a load of people who have been there in the last two years or so, making use of the flights from Manchester, Edinburgh etc. That in itself could of course mean that the people in our neck of the woods who want to go there have already been, and I'm not sure it's the sort of place where people will make repeated visits. I went there 7 years ago and while the clientele might have changed now, the British tourists I spoke to in Reykjavik seemed to be - in their own words in some cases - 'ticking it off their list'. Once you got outside a 50-mile radius of Reykjavik ( I didn't get to Akureyri as I travelled up the West Coast) there were tourists from Italy, Germany, the USA, a load of French people for some reason, but I met no Brits at all except a bloke who had driven from Wales to Denmark and got the ferry! My feeling is that if we don't get a service there in the next year or so, it won't happen, and even then I suspect it will have a short shelf life. That said, it is a fantastic place. Very expensive though.
Sorry for the negativity btw!
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Old 20th Jul 2017, 10:08
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Glasgow has had daily flight to Iceland for years - very busy
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Old 20th Jul 2017, 15:49
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Hi Tom. Yes, back in the day I think Glasgow and Heathrow were the only UK airports with regular Iceland service. While I think long term the market will sustain more than that, I reckon the current flurry of routes will settle back to a lower level.
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Old 20th Jul 2017, 21:41
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Certainly, I believe a NCL Iceland (KEF) could be successful as both a low volume tourist destination,but more so a great one stop USA link (with either stopover or transit) Transit link one stop would divide journey to USA 50/50 and could be very competitive on cost, as well as being more interesting and less tiring than via CDG, AMS, or LHR. Iceland is great for a one or two night stopover en-route, and if only once is off your must do "bucket list" - Must get down to Cafe Reykjavik in town, visit Videy Island (Evening Resaurant by boat), Blue lagoon (Swim & Cocktails)!! and if time allows Ski-mobile to glaciers and local farms!!
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Old 21st Jul 2017, 05:45
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Icelandair or WOW would offer that transatlantic link
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Old 21st Jul 2017, 12:09
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KEF

If KEF was to happen from NCL there's really two possibilities, one is that EZY use one of the aircraft they have sitting around on certain days during the winter to start a seasonal flight to test the water, but I very much doubt they'd continue it into the summer when they can make more from the bucket and spade routes.
The second and what I think would be more viable option would be Icelandair or WOW, mainly because they can sell onward connections, I think the latter would probably be the better bet from NCL purely because of ticket price.
Not sure how much of a market there would be for cargo but I know EZY doesn't carry it and FI does, not sure about WOW.
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