The first Icelandair flight into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is scheduled to arrive at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, officially beginning summer service between Alaska’s largest city and the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.
Icelandair will provide nonstop service between Ted Stevens and Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport twice per week, with flights to Anchorage on Wednesdays and Sundays and flights to Reykavjik on Mondays and Thursdays.
The Iceland-based airline’s website lists flight time from Anchorage to Reykjavik as seven hours and 15 minutes, with flight time from Reykjavik to Anchorage clocking in at seven hours and 10 minutes.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said Monday that a delegation of state officials and businesspeople, including Icelandair’s chief executive officer, will be passengers on the first Icelandair flight to Reykjavik. It provided statements from several of the delegates.
“This year Icelandair celebrates 76 years of aviation and while operating the strongest network in its history,” said Icelandair CEO Birkir Hólm Gudnason. “By using Keflavik International Airport as our hub, Icelandair is able to afford passengers convenient and economical flights from Alaska to Iceland and a refreshing new option when flying from Alaska to Europe.”
“Our staff worked for many months with Icelandair, Anchorage International Airport, and the Alaska visitor industry to make this day possible,” Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner Susan Bell was quoted as saying. “The new air connections will grow Alaska’s visitor industry, increase European commerce, and strengthen our economy.”
According to DOT&PF Deputy Commissioner Steve Hatter, “We are very excited about the new service that will connect Alaska and Europe. Icelandair joins Virgin America, jetBlue, United, Delta, Air Canada, American Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Condor and Yakutia Airlines in providing scheduled seasonal passenger service to Anchorage in 2013.”
The DOT&PF also said Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell will meet the arriving Icelandair flight at Ted Stevens’ north terminal lobby.
The first Icelandair departure from Anchorage will be Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., with the event celebrating the flight beginning at 2 p.m. in the south terminal.
Icelandair’s service this year between Anchorage and Reykjavik will end in mid-September, with the final flight to Reykjavik being Sept. 16.