As WOW withdraws from Miami, Icelandair says it will increase Tampa and Orlando.
Shortly after WOW air decided to withdraw from its Miami route, Icelandair has announced that it will increase its Tampa and Orlando routes, adding capacity to Florida as its low-cost rival withdraws.
The two Icelandic airlines compete on many routes as more passengers fly between North America and Europe via a stopover in Iceland. In Florida, they fly to several airports – Icelandair to Tampa and Orlando, WOW to Miami International since last April.
But WOW air recently decided to abandon its route between Keflavik and Miami, on April 8, although it says it may return with a seasonal route at a later date.
With WOW out of the Florida market, Icelandair now says that, from this coming autumn, it will increase its weekly flights to Tampa from two to four, and from five to seven flights a week on the Orlando route from October 1.
This means a total of 11 weekly flights to two Florida destinations, at a time when Icelandair continues to pile on frequencies and new routes to the US and Canada.
Biggest ever to N America
Icelandair is offering its largest traffic program ever to North America and there are five new destinations on the route map.
In 2018, it plans to launch routes to San Francisco, Baltimore and Kansas as new destinations, while last year it confirmed new routes to Cleveland and Dallas/Fort Worth, to open in May 2018.
That gives Icelandair 23 routes in North America, 18 of which are to the United States and five to Canada.
It will need new planes, and this year the first three of 16 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will be delivered, complementing its existing 32 aircraft, 28 of which are Boeing 757s and four are Boeing 767s.