EIA announces new Icelandair direct flight
EDMONTON – Beginning in March 2014, non-stop flights between Edmonton International Airport and Reykjavik, Iceland will be offered.
Officials say the new flight – which will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on an Icelandair Boeing 757 – will provide Albertans with better access to many destinations in Europe.
“This new route links the Capital Region into Icelandair’s superb network of over 20 European destinations, with significantly shorter travel times to places like Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Stockholm and more. Travellers will save as much as six and a half hours of travel time on a return trip,” says Reg Milley, EIA President and CEO.
Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel says the new route says a lot about the advances our city – and airport – has made.
“Icelandair is one of the world’s most innovative and respected airlines, with an outstanding network across Europe,” he says. “With our strong economic performance, and our impressive new air terminal, we’re proud that Edmonton has what it takes to attract a world-class international air carrier of Icelandair’s calibre.”
“A non-stop connection with Reykjavik further opens up Edmonton to continental Europe and will allow for new tourism and business opportunities to be pursued,” says EEDC President and CEO Brad Ferguson. “Icelandair’s investment underlines its confidence in the Edmonton region as an economic hub for North America.”
Icelandair officials were presented with a few gifts to remind them of Edmonton, including some Edmonton Oilers jerseys.
An Icelandair Boeing 757 seats 183 passengers in a three-class layout.
A one-way trip between Edmonton and Reykjavik takes about six-and-a-half hours.