London, UK, 16th May 2013
Yesterday, Icelandair started flying to its 10th destination in North America when flight FI679 to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) took off. Icelandair will fly twice weekly from Reykjavik (KEF) to Anchorage, Alaska throughout the summer.
“Because of Iceland’s geographical location and our efficient route network, we are able to offer viable and convenient flights between Alaska and Europe. By connecting via our hub at Keflavik Airport, passengers can shorten their travel duration by 3 hours or more.” Says Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO of Icelandair.
Susan Bell, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development said, “Alaska has long been an inspirational holiday destination for travellers 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 the UK market.”
Customers from UK are offered quick connections in Keflavik from all 4 UK airports Icelandair flies from; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow.
Hjörvar Sæberg Högnason, Icelandair’s GM – UK & Ireland said; “We are thrilled about our new destination. Our increase in frequency from the UK to Iceland for the past years means that passengers all over Britain will now have an easier way to get to Alaska."
Icelandair has for many years offered passengers the popular option of booking an optional stopover in Iceland on their way to or from North America at no additional airfare. “Alaska and Iceland have a lot in common such as unspoiled nature and rich culture so I’m sure that customers who want to experience both destinations will add a few nights in Iceland on their way.” Says Hjörvar
While the new route saves travel time from Europe, it also gives passengers the opportunity to “re-live” 50 minutes of their day as the flight takes off 17:10 in Iceland but arrives 16:20 locally. This is due to the flight path being so northerly. “We call it a little bit of time travelling” adds Hjörvar.