Icelandair releases its September performance figures

An Icelandair Airbus A321XLR in flight
Photo Credit: Icelandair.

Icelandair has released its performance figures for September 2023. The Icelandic flag carrier transported 416 thousand passengers in September, an 8% year-on-year increase over September last year. 

Notably, in the year to date, Icelandair has transported approximately 3.4 million passengers, signifying a very respectable 19% growth compared to the previous year.

The September Breakdown

Breaking down the September statistics further, we find that out of the 416 thousand passengers, 175 thousand were heading to Iceland, while 49 thousand were departing from the country.

Additionally, an impressive 169 thousand passengers were traveling via Iceland, making it a crucial hub for international travel. Finally, 23 thousand passengers were on domestic journeys within Iceland.

Load Factors and Unit Revenue

Icelandair’s load factor for September reached an impressive 82.7%, showcasing the airline’s efficient capacity utilization.

This surge in load factors, combined with Icelandair’s unwavering commitment to excellence, has led to a continuous improvement in unit revenue year-on-year.

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In the world of air travel, punctuality is a key measure of an airline’s performance. Icelandair proudly reported an on-time performance rating of 81% for September.

This figure represents a significant 10-percentage-point increase compared to the previous year. It demonstrates the airline’s ongoing efforts to ensure that passengers reach their destinations on time, every time.

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And Icelandair Boeing 737 on the tarmac.
MarcelX42, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Message from Icelandair’s CEO

Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair’s CEO, expressed his satisfaction with the airline’s performance, saying,

“We are pleased to see a healthy increase in passenger numbers between years and continued improvement in unit revenue as we close the strong third quarter, the largest quarter in our history in terms of the number of flights.”

“I would like to thank our employees for their great work and dedication during the busy summer period,” Bogason concluded, with a nod to airline personnel.

Awards and Recognitions

The airline has also recently received two prestigious awards. In September, Icelandair was rated as a “2024 Five Star Major Airline” at the APEX Global EXPO.

Additionally, this week, Icelandair was honored with the Danish Travel Awards as the “Best European Airline.” These accolades reflect Icelandair’s unwavering commitment to providing world-class passenger service and the loyalty of passengers who continue to choose Icelandair.

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