If you are a Western New Yorker looking to travel to Europe you will have another option via Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Routes Online has reported that Icelandair, Iceland’s main international airline, will begin year ’round service to 20 European destinations via its Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavík, Iceland. It had previously operated seasonally.
Icelandair has revealed it will launch its first year-round services to Canada with the return of flights between its Keflavik International Airport hub and Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport from this spring. The European flag carrier confirms it will resume a four times weekly service from March 8, 2013, but will operate the route on a continuous schedule rather than on a seasonal schedule.
The carrier first launched the link in May 2008 but for that year and the subsequent four summers has only provided flights for just over half of the year with schedules beginning in late March or early April and ending in late October or early May. Icelandair also flies to the Canadian city of Halifax, a route it initially served seasonally between May 1996 and October 2001 but which returned to its network in May 2007.
“We have been eagerly awaiting this day for quite some time,” said Thorsteinn Egilsson, General Manager – The Americas, Icelandair. “Our year-round service will offer Canadian travelers more choices and a refreshing alternative when flying to more than 20 destinations in Europe. Plus we offer three classes of service and great fares.”
Toronto will become Icelandair’s fifth year-round North American gateway after the US cities of Boston, Denver, New York and Seattle, while it also serves Minneapolis/St Paul, Orlando Sanford and Washington in North America. The expanded Toronto schedule is part of a 2013 route expansion that will be the largest in Icelandair’s 76-year history. The ambitious growth plan includes a new North American gateway, Anchorage and the addition of two new European destinations, St Petersburg and Zürich.”
While not resulting in increased traffic for either of our two local airports run by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, this could be still be good for the area. Buffalo-Niagara Falls-Niagara Region business and tourist travel is entirely dependent on the good will and day trip brief overnight packages put together by tour brokers in Toronto and New York City air hubs. Hopefully this new connection will result in a bit of new trickle down business for the area.