Icelandair’s Edmonton to Reykjavik/Keflavik
Celebrating the launch of Icelandair’s newest destination to Edmonton in Canada on 5 March were (left to right) James Rajotte, Member of Parliament for Edmonton; Don Iveson, Edmonton Mayor; Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland; the Prime Minister’s wife Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir; Dave Hancock, Deputy Premier; and Birkir Holm Guðnason, CEO, Icelandair. An impressive cake, featuring Edmonton Airport’s distinctive control tower, was also baked to celebrate the new four times weekly service.
- Icelandair has added Edmonton (YEG) to its expanding North American network, with the launch on 5 March of a new four times weekly service from Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF). The 4,940-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s 183-seat 757s and will face no direct competition. Edmonton becomes the airline’s fourth destination in Canada to be served non-stop, joining Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. Birkir Hólm Guðnason, Icelandair CEO, said: “Our service from Edmonton International Airport will be Icelandair’s first link into western Canada. We see this as an amazing opportunity to open the skies between Edmonton and Reykjavik and further build on our respective networks. We have seen the incredible potential of this market and have already increased our service to meet demands and expectations. Icelandair provides a refreshing alternative for passengers travelling both to and from Europe and we look forward to welcoming you aboard.” Tom Ruth, EIA President and CEO, added: “I want to thank the teams at Icelandair and EIA who have worked so hard, along with our respective communities, to secure this new route and to ensure that it is kicked off appropriately with celebrations in both communities. EIA’s vision of more flights to more places is absolutely community-driven, underlined by a strong effort to build fast, efficient and direct links between our people and products and the world. As our trade routes with the European Union grow through expanded free trade, the need for these links will be more important than ever, not just for Edmonton and Reykjavik as host communities, but for the extended networks and regions we serve.”