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Icelandair Adds Additional U.S. Capacity in Newer Markets

An Icelandair 737 MAX (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

First reported by IshrionAviation on Twitter, Icelandair has decided to add additional capacity to the United States for 2024, some of which to cities that the airline hasn’t even been operating for a full month.

Two northeast airports, Newark, and JFK Airport in New York City will both be seeing some significant increases in capacity. Newark will be switching from a Boeing 757-300 to a Boeing 767-300, going from a capacity of 216 per flight to nearly 260 passengers per flight between the airline’s Economy and Saga Premium class.

Service to JFK will go from 17 to 21 weekly flights, making an even three daily flights, versus only one currently on some days. These flights will be on a mix of 737 MAX, 757, and 767 aircraft.

Icelandair 757-200 “Grábrók” (TF-FIY) at Akureyri International Airport, Iceland. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | John Flett)

Raleigh, N.C., one of the airline’s newer destinations, will also be getting a capacity increase from five to six weekly flights. This brings the weekly capacity of the route up by roughly 160 passengers.

Adding capacity in the Midwest

The final capacity increase is to Detroit, a route that hasn’t even been operating for a full month yet as it began on May 18, 2023. It will be seeing the same capacity increase as Raleigh going from five to six weekly flights.

An Icelandair 737 MAX pulling into the gate in Detroit (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

All of these changes will be put into effect in the Spring of 2024.

Joey Gerardi

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  • Joey Gerardi

    Joe has always been interested in planes, for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Central New York during the early 2000s when US Airways Express turboprops ruled the skies. Being from a non-aviation family made it harder for him to be around planes and would only spend about three hours a month at the airport. He was so excited when he could drive by himself and the first thing he did with the license was get ice cream and go plane spotting for the entire day. When he has the time (and money) he likes to take spotting trips to any location worth a visit. He’s currently enrolled at Western Michigan University earning a degree in Aviation Management and Operations.

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