Icelandair inaugurates new services to the UK and US

Icelandair’s Reykjavik/Keflavik to Belfast City

Belfast City Airport stepped up the game in the global battle for Cake of the Week by introducing 4D effects to its route launch showstopper to celebrate the arrival of Icelandair, with the cake smoking to represent the volcanic activity of Iceland. Once the smoking had ended, the VIPs of the route launch posed with the culinary masterpiece, including: Ciaran Doherty, Head of Co-operative Marketing at Tourism Ireland; Brian Ambrose, CEO Belfast City Airport; Arni Gunnarsson, CEO of Air Iceland; and Gerry Lennon, CEO Visit Belfast. Flights between Reykjavik/Keflavik and Belfast City will operate three times weekly on Air Iceland Q400s.

Icelandair Philadelphia

Like Belfast City, Philadelphia too has put in a strong performance with its route launch cake, with this mightily impressive four-tier Northern Lights-themed cake which was made by The Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe. Seen watching over Icelandair CEO Birkir Holm Guðnason as he tentatively cuts the calorific tower are Reykjavik Mayor Dagur Eggertsson and Philadelphia Mayor Kenney. Icelandair will operate four weekly flights to Philadelphia on its 757-200s.

  • Icelandair has expanded its route network on both sides of the Atlantic this week, beginning services from its Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) hub to Belfast City (BHD) and Philadelphia (PHL). Flights to the latter city, which will operate on its 757-200s four times weekly, were launched 30 May, with the 4,300-kilometre link becoming the carrier’s 11th destination in the US and 17th in North America according to OAG schedules. Flights to Belfast City were launched 1 June, with the 1,400-kilometre route operating three times weekly on Air Iceland Q400s.“Icelandair is proud to welcome Belfast on board as our latest UK gateway, working again in partnership with our sister airline Air Iceland which will operate the route. This addition improves our connectivity and enables us to carry even more passengers to the US and Canada via our hub in Reykjavik,” said Birkir Holm Guðnason, CEO of Icelandair. With the launch of flights to Belfast, Icelandair now serves Aberdeen, Birmingham, Glasgow, London’s Heathrow and Gatwick, plus Manchester from Iceland. Neither of the two routes launched by Icelandair this week will face direct competition, although easyJet offers a winter seasonal route between Belfast International and Reykjavik/Keflavik. See how Belfast City Airport’s and Philadelphia Airport’s water arch salutes compares with others from around the world this week.

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