COLUMBIA, Md., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The governments of Iceland and
Canada have signed an Open Skies agreement to permit scheduled air services
for passenger and all-cargo traffic between Canada and Iceland, effective
immediately. The new agreement replaces the Memorandum of Understanding on
Air Services that has allowed operations to Canada by Icelandair, the flag
carrier of Iceland, since 1995.
"This marks a significant advance in Icelandic aviation history," said
Jon Karl Olafsson, President and CEO of Icelandair and the Icelandair
Group. "The strength of our relationship with Halifax and Atlantic Canada
over the last decade has paved the way for this success," he added.
"Icelandair will initiate flights from Toronto in Spring 2008 to complement
our Halifax service."
Additional Canadian gateways are under consideration for future
"The Canadian market plays a very important role in the growth of our
route network," said Gunnar Eklund, Icelandair's General Manager-The
Americas. "Our expansion to Toronto will open an array of opportunities for
commercial and leisure travel between Canada's most populated areas and
Iceland," he added, "and to our many destinations in Scandinavia, Great
Britain and Continental Europe." Eklund said Toronto will be an excellent
connecting point for Icelandair passengers traveling from other Canadian
In announcing the agreement, Lawrence Cannon, Canada's Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, said: "This latest agreement
under our Blue Sky policy marks another step towards greater choice and
flexibility for Canadian travelers, while connecting them to the world."
Icelandair will offer 5-7 flights per week from Toronto with a flying
time of approximately five hours to Iceland. Flights will connect in
Iceland to other European cities, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen,
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin,
Amsterdam, London, Manchester and Glasgow. Today Icelandair operates 160
flights per week to 25 cities in North America and Europe via its hub in
Travel information is available from Icelandair at (800) 223-5500,
www.icelandair.ca and www.icelandair.com .