A new Halifax-Reykjavik route will serve Atlantic Canada next year thanks to Icelandair.
After a hiatus, Iceland’s flag carrier will restart flights from Halifax to the Nordic island nation three times a week, from May 31 until mid-October 2024, according to a press release.
In addition, East-coasters can jump at the chance to take advantage of Icelandair’s Stopover program and experience two vacations in one.
On Icelandair’s Halifax route, Canadians will be able to add an up to seven-day layover in the Land of Fire and Ice, at no extra airfare, and experience the diversity of Iceland’s renowned natural beauty.
That can include camping in the Icelandic wilderness as May’s snow thaws, discovering 24-hour sunlight in June, spotting whales in July, enjoying August’s perfect driving conditions on a road trip down Ring Road, gazing at the Northern lights in September, or soaking in one of Iceland’s hot springs come October.
Halifax becomes Icelandair’s fourth Canadian destination, and the airline’s total flight offerings are now at over 50 worldwide, making its 2024 schedule its most extensive yet.
Icelandair also operates direct/non-stop flights to Reykjavik from three Canadian cities: Toronto (year-round), Vancouver (year-round), and Montreal (seasonal).
Adding Halifax demonstrates an “investment in the Canadian market and its commitment to Canadian travellers,” the airline says.
The news comes weeks after Icelandair published its Q3 earnings report, revealing historic profits in what has been its most successful single revenue quarter ever.
Three Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will also be added to Icelandair’s fleet in 2024.
“We present an ambitious flight schedule for next summer and the largest in the company’s history,” said Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair’s CEO, in a statement. “Our fleet continues to grow and next year we will add three new, efficient, and eco-friendly Boeing 737 MAX’s.”
“We are very pleased to be adding two new destinations in North America and significantly increasing frequency to other destinations. The North American market has been very strong, with Americans now the largest single group of tourists to Iceland.”
“Our experienced team, comprehensive sales infrastructure and strong international brand, together with valuable cooperation agreements with other airlines, allows us to continue moving forward and seizing the opportunities we see in our markets.”