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New Belfast City Airport to Reykjavik flight with Icelandair

By John Mulgrew

Belfast is getting a new Icelandic airline which will connect Northern Ireland to the country's capital Reykjavik.

Icelandair will fly from Belfast City Airport, three times a week as part of the new service.

Flights kick off on June 1 next year.

Birkir Holm Guðnason, Icelandair chief executive, said. “Belfast is a vibrant fast growing city with great business and leisure opportunities and we are happy to be able to offer our customers this exciting addition to our network.

Katy Best, commercial and marketing director at Belfast City Airport, said:

"Belfast City Airport is delighted to announce our new three-times weekly flight to Reykjavik, which is a further extension of our growing European route network and a major boost to the Northern Ireland economy.

"Icelandair has a proven international pedigree and our partnership with the airline for this new service will be a hugely welcome addition to the local market for business and leisure passengers."

Economy Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA, said:

“I welcome the hard work and commitment of George Best Belfast City Airport to develop routes like this one which will contribute to our efforts to make global connections as we create a competitive economy."

Visit Belfast chief executive Gerry Lennon, also welcomed the news.

"This is a real vote of confidence for our tourism industry and confirms the fact that Belfast is perceived as a vibrant and attractive leisure and business tourism destination.

"It is also testament to the great efforts of our airports in connecting the world to Belfast - the service will not only provide another option for Icelandic visitors to consider Belfast and Northern Ireland but will also enable us to promote the city region globally, through Icelandair’s extensive global network."

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland. Not only will it help grow visitor numbers from

The new flight to Keflavik is being operated by Air Iceland on its 72-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which is part-made in Belfast.

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