Iceland’s Airlines Niceair Suspends Operations: Iceland’s Niceair has stopped flying after losing access to the sole aircraft in its fleet. Niceair started flying in 2022 from Akureyri, a city in the north of Iceland, to Alicante, Copenhagen, and Tenerife. The airline was supposed to start flying to Düsseldorf on May 6th, 2023.
On Thursday, the airline said it had canceled all flights while figuring out what to do next. No flights will leave, but people who are already in Tenerife will be brought home. The airline will give refunds to people who bought tickets with a debit or credit card and can’t fly anymore.
Niceair’s leader, Þorvaldur Lúðvík Sigurjónsson, said the company will stop working for a while as they need to reorganize. He also said that even though the weather conditions are often bad in northern Iceland, Niceair was able to keep its flights running on schedule.
He said “”This is a sad result in light of the success that has been achieved so far and the good prospects for the future, in addition to the fact that the company has just completed a round of financing that will ensure its operation going forward, but that journey has been going on since the beginning of the year.
We have maintained regularly scheduled flights between Nordland and Copenhagen, and Tenerife since June last year with 71% seat occupancy. We have demonstrated that this service is very much needed, and the domestic market has proven to be bigger and stronger than expected.”
Niceair had been operating its flights according to its plan until this week and even completed all its scheduled flights for the winter season. However, the airline had to stop flying because it lost access to its plane. Niceair says this happened because the plane’s operator, Hi Fly Malta, did not pay the plane’s owners.
Niceair’s last flight was on Thursday, March 30th, to Copenhagen Airport. After that, the plane went to Ireland and landed at Ireland West Airport Knock. The plane’s current status is listed as “to be scrapped” according to ch-aviation, which tracks aircraft information.