Icelandair expands transatlantic network and UK connections

Icelandair expands transatlantic network and UK connections

Icelandair is doubling destinations served in Canada next year with the addition of flights to Vancouver and Edmonton, complementing established Toronto and Halifax services.

The airline is also raising capacity from Glasgow airport to its Reykjavik hub next spring following the addition of fourth and fifth weekly flights from Gatwick this month.

Flights from Iceland to Edmonton are due to start on March 26 and continue until January 2015 and will run four times a week.

A twice-weekly summer service to Vancouver will run between May 13 and October 12.

Chief executive Birkir Hólm Guðnason said: “We think we can offer very competitive service between Europe and Edmonton and are aiming for a full year service to the city.”

He added: “Our flight to Seattle, south of the border on the west coast of the US, has been a success for us and we hope the Vancouver route will give us added possibilities.”

A fifth weekly flight from Glasgow to Iceland is planned to start from April 14, offering connections to the US and Canada.

UK and Ireland general manager Hjörvar Sæberg Högnason said: “With the introduction of both Edmonton and Vancouver next year and having an already established operation to Toronto and Halifax we are hoping to reach out to both business and leisure travellers that are looking to travel to Canada.

“The upcoming events in Glasgow and Scotland next year come at a great time, giving us the potential to boost traffic numbers although we do not regard this as a one off benefit.”

The increased frequency from Gatwick complements a twice-daily service from Heathrow.


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