Yesterday's fantastic announcement of Icelandair’s twice-weekly seasonal service between YVR and Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) is a great win for YVR and our network of international air service. More flights mean more travel options for Europe-bound passengers, more tourism exposure for Vancouver and more local jobs – in fact, about 150 full-time YVR jobs for every new long-haul flight.
Icelandair will operate a Boeing 757 on the route, offering 183 seats in three service classes. The flight is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver at 5:50 pm every Sunday and Tuesday, and depart at 4:20 pm every Monday and Wednesday.
Although summer is quickly winding down, it’s never too early to start planning your next trip. Perhaps Rekyjavik’s unique mix of crystalline northern beauty, geysers and volcanoes (remember the Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption of 2010?), bustling nightlife and cool culture will lure you once service begins on May 13, 2014. Even if your final destination is elsewhere in Icelandair’s network, I’m told a stopover in Reykjavik is a must-do before heading onto Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Glasgow and other European destinations.
Congratulations go to YVR’s Aviation Marketing team, which has been working diligently to bring this great new service to YVR.
*This service announcement also offers an opportunity to prove that a post-secondary education rooted firmly in the liberal arts is a strong foundation for many careers: Sky bird is a kenning, an Icelandic poetic device in which two (or more) words provide an elaborate analogy. In this case, sky bird = air plane. Now you know!