The skies opened between Vancouver, Reykjavik and 20-plus European destinations when Icelandair inaugurated its new twice-weekly, seasonal service from YVR on May 14.
With the help of ground-handler Swissport International Ltd., YVR staged a one-of-a-kind welcome for our newest airline partner, featuring an assembly of fierce-looking Vikings, who pulled Icelandair’s Boeing 757 aircraft to the gate, with the help of an aircraft tug bedecked in Viking ship attire.
For B.C. residents, Icelandair offers a fun new way to access popular Scandinavian destinations, like Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, with the potential to stop over in Iceland for up to seven days for no additional flight costs. But beyond the obvious travel benefits, this service is also a great example of how liberalized air service agreements create economic value and new jobs here in B.C. Icelandair’s new service will generate approximately $2 million in wages, $1.1 million in taxes and $3.1 million in GDP through employment at YVR and in B.C.’s hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Flights arrive in Vancouver at 5:50 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays and depart at 3:55 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Onboard the aircraft – each of which is named for an Icelandic volcano - passengers will enjoy a refreshing Icelandic experience, with regional refreshments and entertainment, leather seats and three cabins of service. Later this year, the airline plans to offer onboard Wi-Fi throughout its fleet.
More information about Icelandair’s schedules, fares and packages to Iceland and beyond is available at its website.
Watch one of the most unique inaugurals you will ever see from when we welcomed Icelandair: VIDEO.
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