Icelandair is launching seasonal service to Anchorage, Alaska in 2013, as well as to St. Petersburg in Russia and Zurich in Switzerland.
Flights to Anchorage will begin on May 15 with non-stop seasonal service from Iceland twice a week through mid-September 2013. From its hub in Reykjavik, Icelandair offers non-stop connections to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.
In 2013 Icelandair will also operate four round-trips a week to Zurich Airport (IATA code ZRH) and two round-trips a week to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED), on a summer-season basis.
Flights to St. Petersburg will begin on June 1 and continue through September 17, 2013. Flights to Zurich will also begin on June 1 and continue through September 14.
“This year Icelandair celebrates 75 years of aviation and operates the strongest network in its history,” says Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair. “By using Keflavik International Airport as our hub, Icelandair is able to afford passengers convenient and economical flights between North America and Europe.
“Flights from Alaska to Iceland are approximately 7 hours and offer three cabins of service, leather seats and personal in-flight entertainment centers for all passengers,” adds Gudnason.
“Alaska has long been an inspirational holiday destination for travelers from around the world,” remarks Susan Bell, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development. “Alaska offers incredible wildlife viewing, vast unspoiled wilderness, mountainous grandeur, wonderful urban areas and a sophisticated tourism infrastructure. We believe Icelandair’s new route to Alaska will be hugely successful, and will continue to underscore our role as a premier destination as well as to help us grow in European and Scandinavian markets.”
To further strengthen the collaboration with the state of Alaska, Icelandair interline partner Alaska Airlines will provide connections to Icelandair flights through Anchorage. This partnership will give travelers from the surrounding areas more choices to Europe, while increasing jobs and revenue for the state, according to Icelandair.
“Icelandair’s well-timed arrival and departure connects well with Alaska Airlines and will help share and serve all of Alaska,” says Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines’ director, sales and community marketing-Alaska and chair of the Alaska Travel Industry Association marketing committee.
Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York JFK, Seattle, and Denver; and seasonal service from Washington Dulles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, Toronto and (from May 2013) Anchorage.
Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the UK and Continental Europe. Icelandair allows passengers to stop over in Iceland at no additional price.
Icelandair operates a fleet of 16 Boeing 757 passenger jets and four 757s as freighters. It has 10 Boeing 737-800s on order.