QUINCY, Mass. – Today, Icelandair announces its newest gateway from North America: Anchorage, Alaska along with two new destinations in Europe, St. Petersburg Russia and Zurich, Switzerland.
Flights to Anchorage will begin May 15, 2013 with non-stop seasonal service between Iceland and Anchorage twice a week through mid-September 2013. From its hub in Reykjavik, Icelandair offers non-stop connections to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.
Icelandair will also include more destinations to Europe with 4 flights a week to Zurich and 2 flights a week to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Icelandair Flights to St. Petersburg will begin June 1, 2013 with non-stop flights from Iceland twice a week through September 17, 2013. Flights to Zurich, Switzerland will begin June 1, 2013 with non-stop flights from Iceland twice a week through September 14, 2013.
“This year Icelandair celebrates 75 years of aviation and operates the strongest network in its history. By using Keflavik International Airport as our hub, Icelandair is able to afford passengers convenient and economical flights between North America and Europe. Flights from Alaska to Iceland are approximately 7 hours and offer three cabins of service, leather seats and personal in-flight entertainment centers for all passengers. In addition to opening up a new market for Icelandic tourism, travelers will now have a refreshing new option when flying from Alaska to Europe. Our new destinations of Zurich and St. Petersburg will further strengthen our network and continue to give our passengers the best options to Europe,”said Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair.
Susan Bell, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development said, “Alaska has long been an inspirational holiday destination for travelers from around the world. Alaska offers incredible wildlife viewing, vast unspoiled wilderness, mountainous grandeur, wonderful urban areas and a sophisticated tourism infrastructure. We believe Icelandair’s new route to Alaska will be hugely successful, and will continue to underscore our role as a premier destination as well as to help us grow in European and Scandinavian markets.”
To further strengthen the collaboration with the state of Alaska, Icelandair’s partner, Alaska Airlines, will provide connections to Icelandair flights through Anchorage. This partnership will give travelers from the surrounding areas more choices to Europe while increasing jobs and revenue for the state.
“Icelandair’s well-timed arrival and departure connects well with Alaska Airlines and will help share and serve all of Alaska,” said Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines’ director, sales and community marketing-Alaska and chair of the Alaska Travel Industry Association marketing committee.
Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, and Denver with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, Toronto and now Anchorage (starting May 15, 2013). Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to over 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.