The new service to Reykjavik will provide easy connections to Icelandair’s 16 gateways in North America and reduce current travel times by up to several hours.
It will provide much greater connectivity to North America in particular, with Icelandair boasting services to Chicago, Montreal, New York, Orlando, Seattle and Toronto.
Chief executive of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Russell Borthwick said: “Businesses in Aberdeen will welcome the exciting news that the city has a new carrier and this investment by Icelandair shows confidence in the region.
“Our connections to global markets are vital to the continuing prosperity of the North-east with many businesses looking to grow through their international activities. These new routes to North America will help them access new markets in which to do business.
“We also welcome the expected boost to our tourism industry from Icelandic visitors.”
Minister for transport and islands Derek Mackay added: “It is fantastic to see this important new service get underway today and I congratulate everyone involved in getting it off the ground.
“As well as being the gateway to Iceland, Keflavik is also an important hub airport offering onward travel to a wide selection of destinations, including the United States of America and Canada.
“The business community in Aberdeen and the North East is sure to benefit from improved access to international markets and this new link will no doubt prove popular with tourists too.
The new Aberdeen-Reykjavik service is operated on behalf of Icelandair by Air Iceland, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group.
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