Icelandair Announces Largest Flight Schedule Ever: Additional U.S. Flights, A New Canadian Gateway, and Two New Scandinavian Destinations for the Summer Season 2007
COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Icelandair will increase its number of flights by 17% in 2007, providing the largest schedule in the history of the airline. The company celebrates its 70th anniversary next year with additional flights and capacities from three of its current North American gateway cities, a new Canadian gateway, and two new Scandinavian destinations. New U.S. Flights Icelandair will bolster its summer 2007 schedules by adding early- afternoon departures from Boston and New York-JFK, four and three times weekly, respectively. "These flights are designed to give our passengers an option of daytime or overnight (current) flights to Iceland, and are designed to be the first step towards further network growth in the years to come," said Gunnar Eklund, General Manager - The Americas. "Our summer flights out of Boston and New York have had very high load factors in the past years, and the demand continues to grow," he continued. "Summer travel demand out of Baltimore/Washington International Airport is also very encouraging, and we are therefore replacing our present Boeing 757-200 services with the larger Boeing 767 aircraft. Following our new route network setup and the future ambitions attached to it, the San Francisco - Iceland route will be discontinued." New Canadian Gateway Icelandair will again take off from Halifax, Canada beginning with its summer schedule next year. There will be three flights per week to Iceland that connect onwards to Icelandair's many other destinations in Scandinavia, Continental Europe and the United Kingdom. "We are pleased to be flying from Halifax again," stated Eklund, referring to Icelandair's renewal of its service after a several-year hiatus. "The Halifax operations will provide an excellent opportunity to service the growing number of Icelandic companies in Canada, and for Atlantic Canada residents to visit Iceland, our unique and spectacular home country, on the way to some of our many destinations in Europe," he added. New Destinations The airline will continue to grow its service to Scandinavia with two new destinations in spring 2007. The added frequencies will result in Icelandair operating up to 10 times per day from Iceland to the Nordic countries by next summer. The new destinations are Bergen, Norway and Gothenburg, Sweden, which join Icelandair's other Scandinavian destinations: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, and Stockholm. "We are proud to offer the fastest and most convenient way to Scandinavia from many of our North American gateway cities," said Eklund. "The addition of Bergen (arrivals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) will be a huge draw for Western Norway-bound fjord cruise passengers and will service the sizable North American - Norwegian ethnic population on both sides of the Atlantic. Adding the dynamic city of Gothenburg to our network twice a week will provide easy access to the second biggest city of Sweden, as well as western and southern Sweden," Eklund concluded. Icelandair currently offers evening departing flights from its US gateways in Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and Orlando Sanford. Reykjavik, Iceland serves as the airline's hub, with connecting flights to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Oslo, Paris and Stockholm, and seasonal flights to Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Madrid, Milan, Munich and Zurich. Icelandair reservations and information are available at (800) 223-5500 and online at http://www.icelandair.com.
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