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Old 26th Apr 2022, 14:07
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Niceair




A new airline starting flights between London and Akureyri, Iceland, from 3rd June 2022.

They will use Airbus A319 aircraft.

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The is Thorvaldur Ludvik Sigurjonsson, the managing director of local airline Circle Air, who has a recent "history"...




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Old 26th Apr 2022, 16:39
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Going to Manchester as well twice a week also Mon and Fri so would presume an afternoon flight
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Old 26th Apr 2022, 17:44
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Is that the same bloke running it who had been to prison a few years ago or am I mistaken? Was tempted to book a flight with them, but slightly apprehensive to do so
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Is that the same bloke running it who had been to prison a few years ago or am I mistaken? Was tempted to book a flight with them, but slightly apprehensive to do so
It is the same person
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It is the same person
Ah may see how they do first then
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Leasing in the A319.
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Old 27th Apr 2022, 02:43
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There is a lengthy article about Niceair at an Icelandic aviation blog at
https://flugblogg.is/2022/03/21/why-...nefit-from-it/

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Many will have read about Niceair having "issues" with the CAA around their flying between Akureyri in Iceland and London Stansted. If interested, the main business newspaper in Iceland has some good coverage (Google Translate works well) - https://www.frettabladid.is/tags/niceair/
You can also read an English language blog about Icelandic aviation at https://flugblogg.is/

It seems that to satisfy the post-Brexit bilateral, one needs a UK or Iceland based airline to fly between Iceland and the UK - a wet lease from an EU carrier seems to attract too many queries from the CAA. I realise Niceair probably don't have the cash to lease in another aircraft, but if they did have the cash, which airlines have suitable aircraft to fly 1,000 nm over a lot of sea and might be interested in operating a wet lease for Akureyri - London ?
Icelandair wouldn't want to help a competitor, while BA, Easyjet, TUI and Wizz UK are all struggling to operate their own schedules, Jet2 are leasing in aircraft from other airlines, Eastern haven't got anything with the range, and I can't see Ryanair UK being interested.
So potentially what airline in the UK or Iceland has suitable available aircraft, and would be interested in doing some regular passenger wet leases between London and Akureyri without demanding a huge pile of gold ? Loganair ? Titan ? Anybody else ?

In the absence of a suitable airline, is the CAA (or DfT) able to grant an exemption to a bilateral to allow an EU-based airline to fly the route as a wet lease instead ?
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Originally Posted by davidjohnson6 View Post
Many will have read about Niceair having "issues" with the CAA around their flying between Akureyri in Iceland and London Stansted. If interested, the main business newspaper in Iceland has some good coverage (Google Translate works well) - https://www.frettabladid.is/tags/niceair/
You can also read an English language blog about Icelandic aviation at https://flugblogg.is/

It seems that to satisfy the post-Brexit bilateral, one needs a UK or Iceland based airline to fly between Iceland and the UK - a wet lease from an EU carrier seems to attract too many queries from the CAA. I realise Niceair probably don't have the cash to lease in another aircraft, but if they did have the cash, which airlines have suitable aircraft to fly 1,000 nm over a lot of sea and might be interested in operating a wet lease for Akureyri - London ?
Icelandair wouldn't want to help a competitor, while BA, Easyjet, TUI and Wizz UK are all struggling to operate their own schedules, Jet2 are leasing in aircraft from other airlines, Eastern haven't got anything with the range, and I can't see Ryanair UK being interested.
So potentially what airline in the UK or Iceland has suitable available aircraft, and would be interested in doing some regular passenger wet leases between London and Akureyri without demanding a huge pile of gold ? Loganair ? Titan ? Anybody else ?

In the absence of a suitable airline, is the CAA (or DfT) able to grant an exemption to a bilateral to allow an EU-based airline to fly the route as a wet lease instead ?
Does Eastern still have the E190? That would work.
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This para from the flugblogg.is post seems to sugest it is a HiFly issue - why else would the authorisation be revoked?

On 26 May 2022 UK CAA granted HiFly Malta a Foreign Carrier permit to fly between Akureyri and both London-Stansted and Manchester from 02 June 2022 to 29 October 2022. That’s why Niceair and HiFly Malta might have thought they had permission to fly. However, according to the representative of the UK aviation authorities, it was revoked later: “The bilateral agreement between the UK and Iceland covers scheduled operations. Whilst this permit was issued on 26 May it has since been suspended”.
Given that there is plenty of ACMI flying available in the UK and Europe this summer, not sure why anybody would want to get involved?
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