Belfast Telegraph

Icelandic airline puts province on new flight path

An Icelandic airline is to begin regular flights in and out of Northern Ireland.

Budget airline Iceland Express is expanding its 2011 schedule by adding Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast as destinations.

The service will go via Edinburgh, offering connections to New York, Chicago and Boston.

Matthias Imsland, chief executive of Iceland Express, said that more and more people are travelling between here and Iceland.

"We have witnessed increasing numbers of Irish travellers to Reykjavik throughout 2010 and we are pleased to make life a little easier for those passengers by offering a direct route," he said.

"No other airline offers direct flights between these destinations and Reykjavik, so we are delighted to fill this gap."

Flights from Dublin will launch on June 10 and run until August 29. The weekly service will operate on Tuesdays and flights will start at £98 one-way including taxes. All flights will connect to Iceland Express' USA routes and will offer a stopover in Reykjavik at no extra charge.

Prices from Belfast to the USA will start at £220, and £205 for one-way flights from Dublin, including taxes.