Province Enters a New Ice(land) Age

Northern Ireland is getting a new airline and a new service from Belfast International Airport. Iceland Express is expanding its 2011 schedule adding Belfast, Edinburgh, and Dublin with services feeding into the airline’s USA routes and offering a stopover in Reykjavik.

After announcing a daily New York service and new flights to Chicago and Boston for next year, the low fare airline has revealed additional UK departures.

“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,” says Matthias Imsland, CEO of Iceland Express.

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

The twice-weekly Edinburgh service launches on June 14 and will run until August 30. The service will operate every Monday and Friday and flights will start from £101 one-way including taxes. The Belfast service (June 14 to August 30) will go via Edinburgh and the price will also start from £101 one-way including taxes.

Flights to Dublin will launch on June 10 and run until August 29. The weekly service will operate on Tuesdays and flights will start from £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 Dublin to the USA will start from £205 one-way including taxes, and from Belfast prices will start from £220 and from Edinburgh £205.