Icelandair is coming to YVR Airport to provide twice-weekly, non-stop service between Vancouver, Reykjavik and 20 other European destinations. The inaugural celebration to welcome Icelandair was held this morning.
“We’ve been working for years to bring Icelandair to YVR and provide passengers with new connectivity between YVR and Reykjavik, and on to popular Scandinavian destinations like Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “This service is a great example of how liberalized air-service agreements enhance travel opportunities and create jobs at YVR and in British Columbia.”
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. Its flights – which arrive in Vancouver at 5:50 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays and depart at 3:55 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays – will also give businesses more options to reach customers, suppliers and investors in Europe.
Icelandair offers service to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, Denver and Toronto with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, Anchorage, Newark, Vancouver and Edmonton. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
Traveling during the winter months will be cheaper than the summer months. The average winter temperature in the southerly lowlands of the island are around 0 °C whereas the highlands average at -10 °C. The average summer temperature in the southern part of the island is 10-13°C. Traveling through Icelandair on Dec. 3 to 15 will cost you $942, whereas traveling July 1 to 13 will cost $2,080.60.
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