MIAMI — Delta Air Lines will be offering seasonal direct flights between Iceland and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) next summer, beginning May 26.
The Atlanta-based carrier adds its fifth European destination out of MSP. The last month, the carrier announced service to Rome and also operates flights to Amsterdam, London and Paris, plus a daily service to Tokyo.
“By next spring, our customers in the Twin Cities will enjoy direct service to six overseas international destinations in Europe and Asia,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s Senior Vice President–Network Planning. “New service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Reykjavik will open up more opportunities not only for passengers, but also for cargo handlers that import and export fish and other commodities between the two countries.”
Delta’s Reflavik flight comes to compete with the seasonal service offered by Icelandair,The increase in tourists between both countries has created a lucrative route, evidenced by the increase of frequencies of Icelandair (to four flights a week and daily in peak seasons), and a extension of the seasonal service through January, just to resume again in March.
Delta has also extended its service between Reykjavik and New York-JFK, which will now begin February 11, 2016. Previously operated for four months over the peak summer, Delta’s New York-JFK flight will now run for seven months, with service starting three times weekly and moving to daily in May 2016.
As of late October, the number of passengers going through Keflavík Airport reached the mark of 4.2 million, an 25% increase compared to the same period in 2014. In 2016, it is expected that in 2016, with the arrival of new airlines and the expansion of WOW Air to the United States, Keflavik may reach the six million visitor mark.