Icelandair commences new Belfast- Reykjavik service

Icelandair has said that it has commenced offering a new year-round service from Belfast City Airport (BHD) to Reykjavik (KEF), starting June 1, 2017. 

The new service will operate up to three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flight time is 2:55 hours to and from George Best Belfast City Airport.

The new Belfast route is operated by Air Iceland Connect on its 72 seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft in a code sharing partnership with Icelandair, offering connections at Keflavik International Airport. The Belfast-Reykjavik flight provides connections with Icelandair’s wide network of destinations in the US and Canada.

Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport, said: ‘This is a hugely exciting period for Belfast City Airport following our recent co-hosting of the Routes Europe conference, and the launch of our new three-times weekly flight to Reykjavik will help continue the positive momentum.

‘There has been strong demand for the flights since they were announced in December, with the route offering passengers an extremely convenient connection to a host of destinations in the USA and Canada, and we are confident this will continue to grow.’

‘Icelandair is proud to welcome Belfast on board as our latest UK gateway, working again in partnership with our sister airline Air Iceland Connect who will operate the service. This addition improves our connectivity and enables us to carry even more passengers to our 18 gateways across the US and Canada, via our hub in Reykjavik,’ said Birkir Holm Guonason, Icelandair CEO.

Gerry Lennon, Visit Belfast Chief Executive, added: ‘Air connectivity is critical to us welcoming more international visitors to Belfast and achieving the city’s ambition of doubling tourism spend by 2021.

‘Icelandair’s new service and extensive global network enables Visit Belfast and our tourism partners to proactively engage with potential visitors, from not only Iceland but other key markets including North America.’

Icelandair is also offering flights to a new US destination – Philadelphia – starting May 30 2017, operating four times a week from Reykjavik (KEF) to Philadelphia (PHL) until September 20, 2017. Flights from all seven UK gateways will connect to this. The airline will also begin flights to Tampa, Florida on September 7, 2017, it said.

Icelandair launches new ‘Aurora plane’ at Birmingham Airport

Icelandair has launched its first scheduled service between Birmingham and Reykjavik, offering passengers a unique experience on-board the new ‘Aurora plane’.

The ‘Aurora plane’ is a special themed Icelandair Boeing 757 displaying the Northern Lights both on external livery and in internal cabin fixtures and lighting.

The Birmingham service operates twice weekly, on Thursdays and Mondays, commencing yesterday. The aircraft provides three-cabin service with leather seats, seating 183 passengers, and featuring a personal in-flight entertainment system.

Birkir Holm Guonason, Icelandair CEO, said: ‘Icelandair looks forward to be offering a refreshing and valuable travel experience to and from the West Midlands. Icelandair has been flying for 70 years to the UK and we hope people from the Midlands will like the service we have to offer. Birmingham and its neighbouring cities are predicted to grow substantially and we are pleased to be taking part in and supporting that growth as of today.

‘We were delighted to be able to mark the beginning of our new service from Birmingham airport by giving passengers the chance to fly on our new Aurora plane and were honoured that dignitaries such as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the Iceland Ambassador to the UK and the CEO of Birmingham Airport were able to join us on this special occasion.’

Birmingham is Icelandair’s fifth gateway in the UK and its 39th overall. The new service also offers a flight option to North America.

Guonason added: ‘By using Iceland’s geographical position midway between Europe and North America we can offer some of the fastest elapsed times from Birmingham to popular destinations such as Washington D.C. and Seattle.’

Paul Kehoe, the CEO of Birmingham Airport, added: ‘Icelandair’s new service from Birmingham is not only fantastic news for Midlanders wanting to spend leisure time in Reykjavik to see the northern lights or relax in hot springs, but also to travel onwards to the USA and Canada using Icelandair’s strong network of connecting flights.’