Delta introduces Boston-Reykjavik link

The new connections are set to enhance Iceland’s tourism sector

US carrier, Delta Air Lines has inaugurated a new daily nonstop flight from Boston to Reykjavik, following the re-launch of its New York/JFK – Iceland route.

The airline says that the Icelandic Tourist Board found the US to be the largest source market for tourism into the Nordic region before the pandemic, serving more than 460,000 visitors in 2019.

It was also highlighted that American customers spend the most compared with visitors from other countries.

Delta Air Lines
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“As the first European country to reopen to US tourists, we’ve seen increased demand for travel to Iceland this summer versus 2019,” explained Amy Martin, managing director at Delta. “After a year of limited international travel, Americans are actively seeking new adventures this summer and the addition of our new Boston service will allow more than 350 more customers each day to enjoy the diverse landscapes of this island compared to 2019.”

Johannes Thor Skulason, managing director for the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, added that opening up the country to those with the vaccine has “jumpstarted tourism in Iceland”.

He said: “The enthusiasm American travellers have for coming here is a vital economic contributor. Tourism in Iceland has a substantial role in the growth and development of Iceland’s international brand, and we look forward to getting going again.”

Delta plans to operate 85 daily flights from Boston to 37 destinations, beginning this summer. This expands the carrier’s connections within the region, offering journeys from 118 US cities via three different bases.

Those travelling to Iceland with the airline will be required to provide proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 prior to departure.