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Icelandair heads for the Windy City

On 16 March Icelandair commenced services between Reykjavik/Keflavik and Chicago O’Hare, a route which will initially be served four times weekly. The Icelandic airport celebrated with a traditional route launch cake, live music and refreshments. Before boarding a ribbon cutting ceremony took place, with the proceedings being carried out by: Birkir Holm Gudnason, Icelandair CEO; Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir, Minister of Industry and Commerce; and Bjorn Oli Hauksson, Isavia CEO.

Chicago O’Hare celebrated the start of Icelandair’s services from Reykjavik/Keflavik with this fantastic cake

Chicago O’Hare celebrated the start of Icelandair’s services from Reykjavik/Keflavik with this fantastic cake. Flights will be flown by the carrier’s 757-200 fleet and will face no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

  • Icelandair on 16 March commenced services between Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The 4,723-kilometre sector will be served by the airline year-round and initially flown by the carrier’s 757-200 fleet. Nearly two months prior to the inaugural flight, Icelandair announced an increase in capacity to the Windy City. The carrier will add up to 9,000 additional seats per year by using its recently acquired 767-300s on the route during the busy summer season, in lieu of the regularly scheduled 757-200. Commenting on the launch, Birkir Holm Gudnason, Icelandair CEO, said: “Icelandair is pleased to launch service from Chicago, offering the savvy travellers of the Midwest a refreshing alternative to Iceland and beyond. In addition, our increased capacity will provide passengers traveling through O’Hare even more options to Europe, and we look forward to welcoming them aboard.” The city pair will face no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Chicago becomes Icelandair’s #15 route to North America, with #16 being launched in May when the carrier initiates services to Montreal. See how O’Hare Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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