Low-fare airline Iceland Express is launching a new seasonal route from Boston to Reykjavik in Iceland, operating the service from June 2 until August 31.
Iceland Express – whose flights are operated by sister wet-lease carrier Astraeus (which is based in the UK) using Boeing 737-700s configured to seat 148 passengers in high-density, single-class configuration – will offer four round-trips a week on the route.
The carrier – which has a reputation for canceling flights at short notice – is offering an introductory fare of $299 one-way to fly via Reykjavik from Boston Logan International Airport to a host of European destinations.
For those wanting to visit London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Copenhagen, Billund, Aalborg, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Oslo, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt and Warsaw, bookings must be made before February 25. Travelers can also stop over in Reykjavik at no extra cost.
Those wanting to fly from Boston to Reykjavik can obtain an introductory fare of $269 one-way.
“There has always been a high demand for low fares but now we want to branch out and allow travelers to fly long-haul for less – low fare long haul is a burgeoning market,” says Matthias Imsland, CEO of Iceland Express. “By introducing Boston to our schedule and offering such competitive rates, we are reacting to the demand and are able to allow our customers to see a lot more of Europe at a fraction of the cost.”
Iceland Express has just introduced Apple iPads on all transatlantic flights, allowing passengers to watch films and TV shows, listen to music, read magazines and books and play games. Given the low-cost carrier’s business model of charging extra fees for in-flight services, it is likely to be charging passengers for the use of its iPads.
For information on Iceland Express, visit www.icelandexpress.com or call +1-866-512-8364.
During the winter, Iceland Express connects the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik with seven countries – the U.S., Spain, Germany, Denmark, Austria, the UK (London) and Poland.
The airline, which launched in 2003, currently operates a daily service between New York and Reykjavik as well as daily flights linking Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport with London Gatwick Airport.
Iceland Express offers a healthy onboard menu and claims to be the first low-fare carrier to offer in-flight entertainment. (Perhaps it has not heard of JetBlue Airways, AirTran Airways or Virgin America.) The airline has no length-of-stay restrictions, no Sunday-stay rule and says it offers easy online booking. Iceland Express offers a 25 per cent discount for children under 12 years of age.