Iceland’s flagship carrier Icelandair has published its passenger traffic report for December and for the full year 2023.
In December 2023, Icelandair saw a 13% increase in transported passengers compared to the same period in 2022, amounting to 264,000 passengers. Throughout 2023, the company transported 4.3 million passengers, marking a notable 17% increase from the previous year.
During December, the passenger distribution was as follows: 30% traveling to Iceland, 17% departing from Iceland, 45% transiting via Iceland, and 7% traveling within Iceland.
Despite seismic activity and a volcanic eruption in Southwest Iceland, which garnered international media attention and affected demand for travel to Iceland, Icelandair’s flight schedule remained unaffected.
The load factor for December held steady at 72.4%, similar to the previous year, while the on-time performance was 67%. It’s important to note that the industrial action of Icelandic Air Traffic Controllers notably impacted both the on-time performance and the number of passengers in December.
Comments from Bogi Nils Bogason, President & CEO of Icelandair
“In 2023, the number of passengers continued to increase, reaching similar numbers as in the record year 2019. This is the result of the tireless work and dedication of the Icelandair team throughout the year. I would like to thank them for their efforts during the year.
“Looking ahead, we are excited for the year 2024. We will fly to over 50 destinations in our route network and thereof three new destinations – Faroe Islands, Pittsburgh and Halifax. Our fleet renewal will continue where the highlight is the introduction of brand-new Airbus aircraft into our fleet next autumn, in addition to many other projects such as moving to our new headquarters before the end of the year.”