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Keflavik adds three links to one destination

Three airlines are launching routes between the Icelandic airport and the same destination in the US.

As Iceland’s Keflavik Airport continues relentlessly to intensify its route network, the coming weeks will see the Icelandic gateway take an unprecedented step even for a major global hub – to launch three new links to the same destination.

Dallas/Fort Worth is the world’s 12th-largest airport, according to Airports Council International, with more than 67 million passengers in 2017. It is being added to Keflavik’s crowded route map tomorrow, when WOW air launches a three-times-weekly connection to the Texan hub.

That will be closely followed by Icelandair, which adds its four-times-weekly service on May 30. Then on June 7, American Airlines joins the Icelandic carriers when it begins its daily operations.

Dallas/Fort Worth is the largest hub for American Airlines, which is headquartered near the airport. It is the fourth-biggest airport in the US by passenger numbers after Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago O’Hare.

Keflavik and Dallas/Fort Worth will be connected a total of 13 times a week by mid-June, resulting in excess of 2,600 weekly seats to the Texan airport across all three services.

Rapid growth
“To launch three connections in as many weeks to such a large international hub is a sign we remain on the road of rapid growth and airlines continue to recognise the opportunities available,” says Hlynur Sigurdsson, commercial director at the airport operator Isavia.

“The new flights will not only represent substantial choice for our customers via Dallas/Fort Worth’s immense network, but also allow travellers from North Texas to benefit from our own ever-expanding route map, giving them access to Iceland as well as numerous further destinations.”

Dallas/Fort Worth is Keflavik’s 24th destination in the US, jumping straight in at tenth place amongst these cities in capacity terms, ahead of Los Angeles and just behind Seattle-Tacoma. The additions further fortify the US as Keflavik’s largest country market of the 32 it serves, with nearly 1.3 million seats available through the summer.

The arrival of American Airlines – the world’s biggest in terms of number of airports flown to – means Keflavik now has all three big US hub-and-spoke carriers, together with Delta and United.

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