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AirBaltic to fly to Iceland, expands operations at Vilnius and Tallinn

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AirBaltic (airBaltic.com) (Riga) will launch a new route between Riga and Keflavik serving Reykjavik, Iceland on May 28, 2016. AirBaltic will fly from Riga to Keflavik (Reykjavik) twice weekly. Passengers will board a Boeing 737-300 for a flight that will last 4 hours and 5 minutes.

AirBaltic is expanding operations at both Tallinn (Estonia) and Vilnius (Lithuania) following the failure of Estonian Air (Tallinn). airBaltic expects by 2021 to be operating 11 nonstop routes from both cities.

AirBaltic will also increase the  Vilnius – Tallinn and Tallinn – Vilnius routes to 10 flights a week (Monday through Friday) with Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft for a flight that will last 1 hours and 20 minutes.

In other news, AirBaltic will sign a new agreement with investor Ralf Dieter Montag-Girmes of Germany for a 20 percent share in the airline.

Additionally the carrier is expected to finalize its order for 17 Bombardier CS300s it has on tentative order.

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Delta to connect Minneapolis/St. Paul with Keflavik, Iceland

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch seasonal service to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport from its Twin Cities hub beginning May 26, 2016.

Keflavik (near Reykjavik) will be Delta’s fifth destination in Europe from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Delta recently announced service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome and also operates flights to Amsterdam, London, Paris and Tokyo-Narita. Iceland service will be operated in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia using a 199-seat Boeing 757-300 aircraft. The aircraft offers 20 seats in the premium cabin as well as 29 in Delta Comfort+ and 150 in Main Cabin.

Wow Air is coming to Montreal and Toronto

Wow Air (Keflavik) has announced it will add two new low-fare routes starting in May 2016 to both Montreal (Trudeau) (starting on May 12) and Toronto (Pearson) (May 20) from Keflavik (near Reykjavik).

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The new routes will utilize 200-seat Airbus A321s. The routes will be year-round and will operate four days a week.

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Delta extends its next summer seasonal service to Iceland

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has extended its seasonal service between New York-JFK and Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, with service now beginning on February 11, 2016. Previously operated for four months over the summer, the flight will now operate for seven months, with service starting three times weekly in February and moving to daily in May.

Delta will operate the flight in conjunction with joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia on a Boeing 757 aircraft. Delta is the only U.S. airline with flights to Iceland and offers customers more than 60 onward connections via its hub at New York-JFK.

Delta’s New York–JFK to Keflavik (Reykjavik) flights will operate as follows:

Flight number Departure Arrival

DL 257 Keflavik (Reykjavik) at 10:15 a.m. New York (JFK) 12:15 p.m.
DL 470 New York (JFK) at 9:20 p.m. Keflavik (Reykjavik) at 7:10 a.m. (next day)

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Icelandair is coming to Montreal

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced it will continue its expansion of their global network with new seasonal service from Montreal beginning May 19, 2016 . Flights from Pierre Trudeau International Airport will mark the arrival of the airline’s first gateway in the province of Quebec and the 16th destination in North America.

The airline will offer four flights a week through November 8, 2016 with departures on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The five-hour, nonstop flight to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport also provides connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe , including Paris, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Following the commencement of Halifax in 1998, new gateways were launched including Toronto in 2008, Edmonton and Vancouver in 2014, and with this announcement, Montreal beginning in 2016.

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Icelandair increases the number of weekly flights to Seattle-Tacoma

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced further expansion from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with 11 weekly flights starting on May 5, 2016, including the city’s only morning flights to Europe.

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In response to the growing demand from the Pacific Northwest, Icelandair is adding four weekly flights from Seattle/Tacoma to complement their current daily service, including the only two international morning flights from SeaTac. With departures at 9:15 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, passengers will now have more options to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Scandinavia, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Gothenburg. These additional flights also give passengers more connections from Anchorage, Billings, Boise, Eugene, Fairbanks, Spokane, Portland, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on Alaska Airlines, when traveling through their Seattle/Tacoma hub.

Icelandair launched SEA service in 2009.


Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, Edmonton, New York (JFK), Newark, Seattle/Tacoma, Toronto (Pearson), and Washington (Dulles); and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC.

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Icelandair to start using the Boeing 767-300 again in April, 2016

Icelandair (Keflavik) will again operate the Boeing 767-300 starting on April 15, 2016. Seating 262, the wide body type will reenter service on two routes from Keflavik, to London (Heathrow) and New York (JFK) according to Airline Route. Icelander will operate a pair.

The company operated the type from 2003 through 2011 mainly on charters and sub-service work.

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British Airways announces two new routes from London Heathrow, also increases Gatwick frequencies

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British Airways (London) has announced that it will serve two new routes from its London-Heathrow hub for Winter 2015/16, with one route ending a 7-year hiatus to and from Iceland.

The British flag-carrier will begin thrice-weekly services between London (Heathrow) and Keflavik (near Reykjavik) from October 2015, and then a twice-weekly service from London (Heathrow) to Salzburg, Austria beginning in December 2015.

Lynne Embleton, BA’s director of strategy and business units, said: “Reykjavik is a new destination for us, and customers will now have the convenience of flying from Heathrow as well as Gatwick to Salzburg.”

BA will also increase the frequencies on its routes from London (Gatwick) to Funchal, Faro, Seville and Turin for the winter 2015/16 season starting on October 27, 2015 and running to March 25, 2016.

The airline will add two flights from London (Gatwick) to Faro on Tuesdays and Thursdays, two flights to Seville on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, two flights to Funchal, Madeira, on Wednesdays and Fridays, and one extra frequency to Turin on Sundays, which will operate between December 13, 2015, and March 20, 2016.

Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.

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Wizz Air to fly to Iceland from Poland

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced further growth of its route network from Poland. From July 3, 2015 Wizz Air will start operating a new service from Gdansk to Keflavik (near Reykjavik) in Iceland, with two weekly flights.

Wizz Air now offers a total of 116 Polish routes to 22 countries from seven Polish airports.

In other news, Wizz Air has announced twice-weekly service from Budapest to Tenerife, starting on October 30 with departures on Mondays on Fridays.

Wizz Air now flies from Budapest Airport with 41 routes to 21 countries.

Finally, Wizz Air announced a new Debrecen route to Bergamo (near Milan) which will start operating with two weekly flights on October 25.

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JetBlue Airways and Icelandair to codeshare

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Icelandair (Keflavik) have today (February 6) filed an application with the U.S. Government to enter into a bilateral codeshare partnership that will offer customers easy connections between the two airlines’ networks with a focus on gateways in Boston, New York (JFK) and Keflavik (near Reykjavik).

Under the proposed codeshare, the JetBlue ‘B6’ code will be placed on seven Icelandair routes between the U.S. and Keflavik International Airport (KEF), and eight routes to Scandinavia and Continental Europe available nonstop via the Keflavik hub (subject to receipt of government operating authority):

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)
Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
Birmingham, United Kingdom (BHX)
Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)
Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH)
Glasgow, United Kingdom (GLA)
Helsinki, Finland (HEL)
Manchester, United Kingdom (MAN)
Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
New York City, New York (JFK)
Orlando, Florida (MCO, later 2015)
Oslo, Norway (OSL)
Seattle, Washington (SEA)
Stockholm, Sweden (ARN)
Washington DC. (IAD)

The Icelandair ‘FI’ code will be placed on JetBlue flights to allow connections beyond JetBlue’s focus cities Boston and New York (JFK) to:

Austin, Texas (AUS)
Baltimore, Maryland (BWI)
Chicago, Illinois (ORD)
Detroit, Michigan (DTW)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida (FLL)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Orlando, Florida (MCO)
Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT)
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
San Francisco, California (SFO)
Tampa, Florida (TPA)
Washington D.C. (DCA and IAD)

The airlines have successfully partnered on an interline basis since 2011.

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