Icelandair launches new year-round service from Aberdeen

Icelandair, Iceland’s main airline, has announced a new year-round service from Aberdeen International Airport to Reykjavik.

The new service will begin on March 9, 2016 and will operate four times weekly, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The flight to Reykjavik will reduce current travel times and provide connections to Icelandair’s 15 gateways in North America. Flights will go on sale on August 24.

Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair said: ‘It is a pleasure to be able to announce Aberdeen on the same year as we celebrate 70 years of flying to Scotland. We see great opportunities in connecting this market to our route network of North American destinations. Travel times will be shortened and we’re confident customers will appreciate the easy connections in our hub in Iceland.’

Carol Benzie, MD at Aberdeen International Airport said: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Icelandair to Aberdeen, our first direct flight to Iceland. The decision to commence the service from the North East is fantastic news for both leisure and business travellers wanting to reach Reykjavik, and of course the extensive number of onward connections to the US and Canada now available. We look forward to working with Icelandair and its subsidiary Air Iceland and wish them every success with the route.’

The new Aberdeen-Reykjavik service will be operated by Air Iceland, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group. Aircraft used will be Bombardier Q400, seating 72 passengers and offering two cabins to choose from, Economy and Economy Comfort.

The new gateway will become Icelandair’s second in Scotland and sixth in the UK. Icelandair destinations in North America include New York, Seattle, Toronto and recently announced Chicago starting in 2016.

Icelandair also operates UK flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham, all of which connect into the airline’s network to North America, Aberdeen Airport said in its release.