MIAMI — Icelandair recently announced Montreal will be its 16th destination in North America and 5th in Canada. The airline already flies year-round to Edmonton and Toronto, and in the summer to Halifax and Vancouver. Starting on May 19th, 2016, it will fly four weekly flights from its hub in Reykjavik (KEF) to Montreal (YUL).
The flights will occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and will run until November 8th. The flight from Reykjavik to Montreal will have a flight time of 5h35 and will depart at 5:05PM and arrive at 6:40PM local time. The return flight will leave Montreal at 9:05PM and arrive in Iceland at 6:00AM the next day for a shorter flight of 4h55. The flights will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 with 183 seats including 22 in Saga Class, the airline’s Business Class.
This direct flight will also give passengers the opportunity to make connections in various cities in Europe. To determine the number of possible connections the route YUL – KEF has to offer, we used a typical day schedule (August 20th) and reasonable layovers allowing enough time for passengers to make connections. The table below shows the cities passengers will be able to fly to 9 new destinations in Europe with a connection time ranging from 1h20 up to 2 hours.
Aéroports de Montréal probably tried to get low-cost carrier Wow air to fly the same route. On May 27th, 2015, a message saying “Aéroports de Montréal Welcomes WOW Air” was seen on the TV monitors near the check-in area of the airport. This might mean that some of the airline’s executives were in Montreal that day to discuss about the possibility of a new route in the future. Wow air is another airline that flies out of Reykjavik as its main hub but it is a smaller airline than Icelandair. It currently serves 20 cities in Europe and the United States (Boston and Baltimore/Washington) with a fleet of 3 A320s and 2 A321s. The airline is planning to increase its presence between North America and Europe over the next years.
“The arrival of Icelandair marks yet another significant milestone for Aéroports de Montréal and Montreal. Not only will our passengers now have non-stop access to Iceland, but they will also be able to quickly connect to Scandinavian cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm. We are very pleased to welcome this new partner,” said James Cherry, President and CEO of ADM.
“Montreal will be our fifth Canadian gateway, opening the skies to Europe from Canada’s second largest city. The addition of Montreal will give Canadians coast to coast more options in travel from Canada and provide both the business and leisure traveler a refreshing alternative when traveling to Iceland and beyond,” said the CEO of Icelandair, BirkirHolm Gudnason.