Icelandair has announced it will be launching its new flights to Philadelphia from Reykjavik in May next year. The seasonal service, which would be launched from May 30, 2017, is aimed at making travel easier for all those taking flights out of Philadelphia International Airport and provide opportunity to get mesmerized with the famous Northern Lights spectacle, and visit European and Scandinavian destinations.
Philadelphia will now become Icelandair’s 18th destination in North America. The airline will be deploying Boeing 757 aircrafts with a capacity to carry a total of 185 passengers to operate flights on Reykjavik-Philadelphia route. The nonstop flights on the route will be served four times per week.
Media reports said that Icelandair will now become the fifth international airline to operate out of Philadelphia International Airport, and also the first foreign carrier to be welcomed at the airport in nearly three years. Earlier, Qatar Airways started operating nonstop flights between Doha and Philadelphia in 2013.
Icelandair while providing details about the new flight schedule said that flights would depart from Philadelphia at 8.35 pm and reaches Keflavik International Airport at 6.10 am following morning. The total flight duration will be of 5 hours 30 minutes. The four-time weekly nonstop flights would be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. However, the return flight would depart from Keflavik at 5 pm and reach Philadelphia at 7.15 pm same day.
Chellie Cameron, President and CEO of Philadelphia International Airport, said, “It is a matter of great delight that nonstop international flights out of Philadelphia is going to be increased from May next year onwards. This is surely good news for Philadelphia-area companies as trade and commerce will see a significant boost with additional flights to Scandinavia and Europe. Moreover, the new service would boost Philadelphia’s prospects further worldwide and fuel growth with increased travel demand to Iceland and other destinations in Scandinavia and Europe.”