29.10.2013 03:14

Quincy, MA, October 28, 2013 – Icelandair’s inaugural flight #622 took off from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on October 28, 2013 at 8:55pm from Terminal B. Non-stop service to Iceland will continue four times per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through January 2014 and resume in February 2014.   As an aviation pioneer, Icelandair has served the New York market for over 65 years with flights to and from John F. Kennedy International (JFK). With the addition of seasonal service from Newark, Icelandair will serve two gateways in the New York metropolitan area and 13 gateways throughout North America.

“The greater New York area is one of the most popular destinations for European travelers and one of the largest gateways to Europe from North America. The addition of Newark to the Icelandair network will not only be an option for JFK travelers, it will also be a refreshing alternative,” said Thorsteinn Egilsson, General Manager of The Americas.

Service from Newark is part of Icelandair’s 2014 network, the largest in the airline’s history. In addition to Newark, Icelandair will increase flight capacity, launch new gateways, including Edmonton and Vancouver, and offer new destinations in Europe, including Geneva, Switzerland.

“The Port Authority is committed to bringing more quality airlines like Icelandair into Newark Liberty International Airport to offer our customers greater travel options and more competitive pricing,’’ said Huntley Lawrence, the Port Authority’s general manager at the airport. “We welcome Icelandair to Newark Liberty International Airport and look forward to the jobs the airline will create here as part of the Port Authority’s overall goal to strengthen regional economic growth.”

Icelandair’s current fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft, configured to hold 183 passengers, offers three cabins of service, leather seats and personal in-flight entertainment for all passengers. Flight time to Keflavik International Airport is just under five hours, making Iceland an ideal destination for a weekend getaway or a stopover en route to Europe.

Icelandair provides service to Iceland from Boston, New York (JFK and Newark), Seattle, Denver, Toronto and Edmonton with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., 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 or by calling (877) I-FLY-ICE.