Icelandair today announced Belfast (BHD) as a new destination starting June 1. 2017. Belfast will become Icelandair‘s 44th scheduled destination with a full year round service three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays operated by sister airline Air Iceland. The flight from Belfast to Reykjavik will provide easy connections with Icelandair’s wide network of destinations in the US and Canada.
“Belfast is a vibrant fast growing city with great business and leisure 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, the capital of Northern Ireland, is the country‘s centre for government, industry and cultural activity. The city has a lively restaurant and entertainment scene supported by growing tourism and a welcoming metropolitan population of around 600,000.
Welcoming the launch 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."
The Keflavik – Belfast route is operated by Air Iceland on its 72 seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft in code sharing partnership with Icelandair, offering great connections at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland to destinations in the US and Canada through Icelandair‘s network. The flying time is 2:55 hours to and from George Best City Airport in Belfast, which is only 15 minutes from the city centre.
“Like our code share operation with Air Iceland to Aberdeen, Scotland, our Belfast route will be flown in cooperation with our sister company, utilizing their smaller aircraft like the Q400 to create new markets and opportunities“, says Birkir Hólm Guðnason.
Belfast will become Icelandair‘s 27th gateway in Europe with this partnership with Air Iceland.