easyJet announces Icelandic expansion
easyJet announced today the addition of two new routes from Manchester and Edinburgh to Reykjavik, which will begin in March 2013. Iceland is renowned for its geothermal hot springs, ethereal glaciers and magical views of the Northern Lights – as well as its volcanoes.
Twice weekly flights will leave Edinburgh and Manchester from 14 and 21 March 2013 respectively. The flights will leave Edinburgh on Monday’s and Thursdays and Manchester on Thursdays and Sundays.
Earlier this year, easyJet operated its inaugural flight to Reykjavik from London Luton - a route which has proved popular with passengers both in the UK and Iceland. The Luton – Reykjavik service is now being increased from three to four flights per week throughout the year, bringing the total number of easyJet flights to the destination to eight per week from next March. The additional flight will operate on a Friday.
Paul Simmons, UK Director at easyJet, commented:
"We’re delighted to be expanding our flights from the UK to Reykjavik in response to the route’s growing popularity. The destination is proving popular for leisure and business travelers alike with easyJet fares available from as little as £24.99 (one way including taxes).
“easyJet has carried almost 30,000 passengers between London and Reykjavik since its London Luton service to the city launched in March and we anticipate over 75,000 more passengers will take advantage of the easy and affordable flights from Manchester and Edinburgh next Summer.”
“We’re confident that uptake from passengers in both Manchester and Scotland will help the UK’s connections with Iceland to go from strength to strength.”
Steingrimur J. Sigfusson, Iceland’s Minister of Industries, Innovation and Tourism commented:
“easyJet’s decision is a positive step and a sign of confidence in the Icelandic economy.
“It’s terrific news that easyJet is increasing its services and adding these new routes to Reykjavik. We have a wealth of beauty, history and wonders to explore. There really is something for everyone, all year round and we welcome the expansion.”