Quincy, MA, March 10, 2014 – On Wednesday, March 5th, Icelandair began regular scheduled service between Edmonton and Reykjavik, allowing northwestern Canadians a new way to discover more than 20 destinations in Europe.
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland, flew to Edmonton to celebrate the launch of the new service and attend related community celebrations of the new Edmonton-Reykjavik connection. The Prime Minister was joined by a host of dignitaries, including: The Honourable Dave Hancock, Deputy Premier of Alberta; James Rajotte, Member of Parliament, Edmonton-Leduc; His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton; Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO, Icelandair; Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport; Brad Ferguson, President and CEO, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation; James Cumming, President and CEO, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.
“Icelandic explorers were among the first Europeans to journey to what is now Canada more than 1,000 years ago, and for all time our peoples have built links to connect our great nations. I am pleased to be able to use the start of this important new air link between the two thriving cities of Reykjavik and Edmonton as an opportunity to strengthen business, social and cultural links between us,” says Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland.
Service from Edmonton operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on an Icelandair Boeing 757 seating 183 passengers with three cabins of service. The eastbound flight departs EIA at 6:25 p.m. and arrives in Reykjavik at 6:40 a.m. the next morning. The westbound flight leaves Reykjavik at 4:45 p.m. and arrives at EIA at 5:25 p.m. the same day.
“Our service from Edmonton International Airport will be Icelandair’s first link into western Canada. We see this as an amazing opportunity to open the skies between Edmonton and Reykjavik and further build on our respective networks. We have seen the incredible potential of this market and have already increased our service to meet demands and expectations. Icelandair provides a refreshing alternative for passengers travelling both to and from Europe and we look forward to welcoming you aboard,” says Birkir Hólm Guðnason, Icelandair CEO.
As part of the inaugural festivities, Mayor Don Iveson declared March 6th as "Iceland Day" in Edmonton. He was joined by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to celebrate the announcement.
Icelandair, the flag carrier of Iceland since 1937, provides service to Iceland from Boston, New York (JFK and Newark), Seattle, Denver, Washington, D.C., Toronto and Edmonton with seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Anchorage, Halifax, and Vancouver. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Additional information about Icelandair’s schedules, fares and packages to Iceland and beyond is available at www.icelandair.com.