Lower airfares for residents in rural areas.

  • 40% discount on total airfare of up to 6 flights a year
  • For all residents who are legally domiciled at a long distance from the capital and on islands.
  • Improves rural area residents’ access to the centralised services of the capital.

The Loftbrú discount scheme provides a 40% discount on the total fare of all domestic routes to and from the capital area. A full discount is given, regardless of whether you choose a discounted fare or a full fare. Each individual is entitled to lower fares on up to three round trips to and from Reykjavík per year (six flights). For the rest of 2020, the discount terms apply to one round trip to and from Reykjavík.

Who is eligible for Loftbrú?

Am I inside the Loftbrú service area?

Postal code must be three digits

The Loftbrú scheme covers the Westfjords, part of Northwest Iceland, Northeast Iceland, East Iceland, Hornafjörður and the Westman Islands. The area is demarcated according to postal codes. In total, the Loftbrú discount terms cover more than 60,000 residents in these areas.

These discounts should be enjoyed by all those who travel to the capital area for central services and leisure and want to visit relatives and friends. The objective of the initiative is to level the playing field for the population and strengthen the country’s rural areas by making domestic flights more affordable. Loftbrú is intended for people who travel to the capital for personal matters, but not for work or traditional business trips.

  • One group has a special status and is exempted from the rule of having to be legally domiciled in a rural area. Children who are legally domiciled in the capital area but have a parent or guardian who is legally domiciled in a rural area will be eligible for Loftbrú discounts. Work is being done on expanding the service so that lower airfares can be booked for this group. The goal is to complete that process by the end of the year.

How do I get a Loftbrú discount?

The procedure is simple. Go to the Ísland.is website, identify yourself with your e-certificate or IceKey, and those of you who are eligible for Loftbrú will see an overview of your rights. Those who want to avail of the discount can download a special discount code on the same page, which is used on the booking pages of airlines when booking scheduled flights.

The discount is calculated on the basis of the total fare, i.e. airfare, airport charges and other charges collected by airlines.

Airlines are responsible for the supply and pricing of airfares.

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FAQ

  • All residents who are legally domiciled in rural areas that are at a driving distance of more than 200-300 km from the capital area, depending on whether their domicile is included in the Loftbrú area or not.

  • Three round trips to and from Reykjavík a year (six flights). In 2020, the service is only valid for one round trip to and from Reykjavík (two flights).

  • To take advantage of Loftbrú, you need to register with your electronic ID on Ísland.is. You will then immediately see if you qualify for a Loftbrú discount. There is also an overview of how many flight legs can still be used. Those who want to take advantage of the discount will receive a special discount code that is used on the airline's booking pages.

  • Loftbrú’s discount terms apply to all scheduled flights to and from the capital area, including connecting flights via Akureyri Airport.

  • No, only those who are legally domiciled in a rural area are entitled to Loftbrú discounts.

  • Work is being done to further develop the service so that children who live in the capital area, but have a parent in a rural area, can receive a discount and lower airfares with Loftbrú. The aim is to introduce this option before the end of the year.

  • By calling the Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA)’s helpline at 1777. If you experience problems trying to obtain the discount in the airlines’ booking systems, it is best to contact the airline in question.

  • People can use the discount terms with Loftbrú for three round trips in the calendar year (six flight legs). When people intend to avail of the discount and book a trip, the discount code is activated. The code remains active for 24 hours, but if it is not used within that time, a new code must be obtained.

  • Once you’ve retrieved your discount code from the Ísland.is website, you open the airline’s website and tick the box marked Loftbrú. In the booking system, you enter the code in the appropriate field when the passenger information is entered. The name and date of birth of the passenger will then automatically appear.

  • Yes, tickets can be changed, based on the terms of the fare. The subsidy from Loftbrú only applies to the originally booked tickets, but not to rebooking fees or differences between fares. Rebooking fees are calculated on the basis of the full fare.

  • No, it is not permitted to change the name on a ticket purchased with a Loftbrú discount code.

  • If a flight is cancelled by an airline, the passenger is entitled to a full refund or changed booking at no extra cost. The right to use Loftbrú is then transferred back to the passenger and the passenger is only refunded the amount he/she paid to the airline.

  • If a flight is cancelled by an airline, the passenger is entitled to a full refund or changed booking at no extra cost. The right to use Loftbrú is then transferred back to the passenger and the passenger is only refunded the amount he/she paid to the airline.

  • The Loftbrú rights are transferred back to the passenger. The passenger is reimbursed in accordance with the airfare terms that were originally selected. Cancellation fees are calculated on the basis of the full fare.

  • Loftbrú can only be used for individual airfares and not group fares. However, families can book through the booking engine, in which case the discount code will be entered for each family member.

  • The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration oversees all government supported public transport systems. The administration operates a public transport division which shall manage Loftbrú activities.

  • The cost of the State’s contribution to discounted airfares in this project is estimated at up to ISK 600 million per annum and ISK 200 million in 2020. This funding is provided for in the Transport Plan which was approved in June 2020.

  • The guardians of children under the age of 18 who share the same legal domicile are also given access to an overview of their children’s rights by identifying themselves on Ísland.is Moreover, children under the age of 18, who have an e-certificate can also check their rights on Ísland.is.

  • These flights are counted as a single flight leg. Flight legs are independent of connection flights. An example of a flight leg is a flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík or a flight from Grímsey to Reykjavík with a connection flight from Akureyri airport. The same applies to a flight from Þórshöfn to Reykjavík and one from Vopnafjörður to Reykjavík with a stopover landing in Akureyri.

  • The discount is based on the date of the booking and not when you fly. If the booking is completed in 2020, the discount is valid even though the flight may be next year.

  • No, unfortunately you can only obtain a Loftbrú discount by availing of your rights with a digital certificate or IceKey at Ísland.is. You can apply for an IceKey here.

Can’t find the answer?The help desk of the Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) will answer all questions regarding Loftbrú by phoning 1777.
You can send suggestions to loftbru@vegagerdin.is.

If you experience problems trying to obtain the discount in the airlines’ booking systems, it is best to contact the airline in question.