09.05.2017 15:33

Quincy, MA, May 9, 2017 – Due to the increasing demand from Vancouver International Airport, Icelandair will increase their current seasonal service to a full year-round schedule starting this winter.

“Icelandair began seasonal service from Vancouver on May 14, 2014 and has continued to see increased demand to Iceland and beyond. Our new year-round schedule will offer Vancouverites a refreshing alternative to more than 25 destinations in Europe and we look forward to welcoming you aboard,” said Birkir Holm Gudnasson, Icelandair’s CEO.

Icelandair offers three cabins of service with one checked bag, personal in-flight entertainment systems and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi available for all passengers.

“I would like to thank Icelandair and our tourism partners for their continued support,” said Craig Richmond, YVR’s President & CEO. “Together, we have laid the foundation for this increased service, which will further develop YVR as a world-class connecting hub by linking our passengers and businesses with an incredible destination—and key connecting hubs in Europe. This means more opportunities for travel, education and business.”

The expanded Icelandair service will further strengthen YVR and Icelandair’s successful partnership, which started with the launch of its YVR – KEF service in 2014. The flight will continue to use the Boeing 757 aircraft and will depart YVR two days a week on Fridays and Sundays at 15:45 and arrive at KEF at 06:00; it will depart KEF on Thursdays and Saturdays at 17:10 and arrive in YVR at 17:50. Service will ramp up to three days a week in 2018. In addition to offering passengers more connections, Icelandair’s service will create 61 jobs and will contribute $3.4 million in Gross Domestic Product to the B.C. economy, as cited by Vancouver Airport Authority.

For additional information about Icelandair, current route network or fares to Iceland and beyond, please visit www.icelandair.us or call (877) I-FLY-ICE.

ABOUT ICELANDAIR
Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago-ORD, Denver, Edmonton, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Newark, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, BC and Washington, D.C.; and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Montreal, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Portland, OR. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 25 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.

ABOUT VANCOUVER AIRPORT AUTHORITY
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served 22.3 million passengers in 2016. Fifty-five airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 125 non-stop destinations worldwide. In 2016, YVR received CAPA Centre for Aviation’s prestigious Airport of the Year Award and was voted Best Airport in North America for the eighth consecutive year in the Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2017. Vancouver Airport Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2016 donated more than $1,000,000 to local organizations. We are committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.

ICELANDAIR MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Raucheisen | Icelandair - The Americas | 857.403.1787 | media@icelandair.is