Icelandair’s Reykjavik/Keflavik to Birmingham
On 5 February, Icelandair touched down at Birmingham Airport from Reykjavik/Keflavik, a sector served twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays). The inaugural service was operated by the “Aurora plane”, a special themed 757-200 that is decorated with the Northern Lights both on external livery and in internal cabin fixtures and lighting, providing a unique experience for passengers. The arrival was celebrated with a fantastic cake, which was cut by: Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO, Icelandair; and Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport.
- Icelandair on 5 February launched its latest route to the UK, with the introduction of twice-weekly flights (Mondays and Thursdays) from its Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) base to Birmingham (BHX). The 1,759-kilometre sector will be flown by the airline’s 183-seat 757-200s and faces direct competition from Flybe’s thrice-weekly Embraer E175 services. Icelandair is already serving the UK market with flights to London Heathrow (twice-daily), London Gatwick (daily), Glasgow (four times weekly) and Manchester (four times weekly). Commenting on the new route launch, Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO, Icelandair, 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.” See how Birmingham Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.