Icelandair has made a number of changes to its flight schedules, due at least in part to the recent grounding of the Boeing B737 Max.

The airline said the disruption caused by the grounding means it will offer 3.6 per cent fewer flights between April 1 and June 15.

The carrier said that its flight schedules had been updated “on the assumption that the Boeing 737 Max aircraft will be suspended until 16 June 2019”.

Icelandair said that the impact of the grounding had been reduced by the wet leasing of two B767 aircraft and a B757.

The airline said that in most cases, dropped flights will be to destinations where more than one flight per day is offered, and capacity is expected to remain “essentially the same” due to the temporary use of larger B767 aircraft.

As part of the changes Icelandair confirmed it is to drop flights to Cleveland and Halifax.

In a statement the carrier said that the decision was “partly due to the suspension of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft but also because of a decision to focus on meeting increased demand for flights to and from Iceland by moving supply from destinations that focus on travel between North America and Europe via Iceland”.

Fellow Icelandic airline Wow Air ceased operations last month, with suggestions that the carrier had over-expanded into transatlantic services.

Icelandair said that “changes in the competitive environment” had led the carrier to add services to Southern Europe, including three flights per week to Alicante.

Finally the airline said it was working towards adding aircraft to its fleet “that will be fitted as economy only”, increasing the number of seats on board, lowering unit costs in order to strengthen competitiveness.

icelandair.com