02.12.2016 04:55

Quincy, MA, December 2, 2016 – Icelandair is pleased to announce new service, in cooperation with sister company Air Iceland, to their newest destination, Belfast in Northern Ireland. Flights begin June 1, 2017 with year-round service from Keflavík, Iceland to George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD), the 29th European destination offered by Icelandair.

Icelandair flights from North America arrive in Keflavík for quick, convenient connections to Belfast with flight FI7910 departing at 7:45am, arriving in Belfast at 11:40am. Return flight FI7911 departs Belfast at 1:40pm, arriving in Keflavík at 3:35pm, in time for late afternoon connecting flights to North America. Air Iceland will operate this codeshare flight three times weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, using a 72-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, to George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD), located only 15 minutes from the city center.

“Belfast is a vibrant, growing city, with a demand for both business and leisure travel opportunities, and we are happy to be able to offer our customers this exciting addition to our network”, says Birkir Holm Guðnason, Icelandair CEO.

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, the country‘s center for government, industry and cultural activity. The city has a lively restaurant and entertainment scene supported by growing tourism and a metropolitan population of nearly 600,000.

Welcoming this announcement of the new route, Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director at George Best Belfast City Airport, commented, “Belfast City Airport is delighted to announce our new three-times weekly flight to Reykjavik, which is a further extension of our growing European route network and a major boost to the Northern Ireland economy. Icelandair has a proven international pedigree and our partnership with the airline for this new service will be a hugely welcome addition to the local market for business and leisure passengers.

“I welcome the hard work and commitment of George Best Belfast City Airport to develop routes like this one which will contribute to our efforts to make global connections as we create a competitive economy.  This new route to Iceland which will open up connections to North America is another important step as we continue to build our air connectivity so that it is as easy as possible for people all over the world to access Northern Ireland for both business and tourism purposes.” Northern Ireland Economy Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA.

Visit Belfast Chief Executive Gerry Lennon welcomed the news: “This s a real vote of confidence for our tourism industry and confirms the fact that Belfast is perceived as a vibrant and attractive leisure and business tourism destination.  It is also testament to the great efforts of our airports in connecting the world to Belfast - the service will not only provide another option for Icelandic visitors to consider Belfast and Northern Ireland but will also enable us to promote the city region globally, through Icelandair’s extensive global network.”

In addition to Belfast, Icelandair flies to five additional cities in the United Kingdom, including Aberdeen, Scotland, another codeshare flight operated by Air Iceland.

Icelandair’s European destinations will also see additional increases in summer 2017. Beginning in June, additional weekly flights will commence to Amsterdam, Billund, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki, Milan and Stockholm. Increases to the United Kingdom will also start in March and May with additional flights to both Glasgow and Manchester, respectively.

For additional information about Icelandair’s fares to Iceland and beyond, please visit www.icelandair.com or call (877) I-FLY-ICE.