Icelandair will commence service from Keflavik airport in Iceland to Dublin in Ireland from 8 May 2018 with these services operated by a three class Boeing 757-200.
It is an interesting development. Icelandic budget airline Wow Air started flying to Dublin a couple of years ago. The flights are quite successful, so this has clearly inspired Icelandair to compete.
Passengers heading to Iceland will now have a more comfortable option in the form of Icelandair. All the Boeing 757s feature a premium economy product called Economy Comfort.
This features business class check in, lounge access and more leg room than standard economy class seating. Those wishing to treat themselves can fly Saga Class which is the business class cabin.
The Icelandic capital Reykjavik is served by Keflavik airport and people travelling to Iceland are strongly advised to take the bus from the airport to the city centre. Why?
It is around 50 kilometres from the city which makes a taxi fare quite expensive. I once made this error before the Icelandic financial crisis and the taxi cost around £165. It is over €100 today so the bus fare is far more reasonable at around €25.
Wow Air has caught the Irish headlines by offering connections through Iceland to the United States. Prices have been as low as €99 one way from Dublin to the east coast. These costs rise quite a bit when you add a bag, select a seat or want a meal, but they do make good press.
Icelandair has offered connections from Europe to the USA for quite some time, plus offering passengers a chance to stop over in Reykjavik along the way. It will do the same now with Dublin which is excellent.
It is great to see a long established airline such as Icelandair start flights to Dublin. The competition between the Icelandic carriers is fierce so this is one to watch.
The fact the flights offer the more well heeled customer a chance to get to Iceland in some comfort only underlines the economic performance in Ireland at the moment. Many new services are being announced by airlines new to the country which is great for everyone living there.
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