Icelandair reveals NEW US destination

The flag carrier has unveiled plans for a new addition to its routemap from the Midwestern United States.

Icelandair is earmarked to launch a new service to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

Consequently, the Michigan gateway is set to be linked with Reykjavík/Keflavík on a seasonal basis, starting from May 18 through to October 30, 2023. Operating at four-times-weekly frequency (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) – with Flight numbers FI 873/872 – the Icelandic flag carrier will roster its 160-seat Boeing 737 MAX 8s on the service.

Bogi Nils Bogason, president & CEO of Icelandair Group, said: “Icelandair is pleased to offer Detroit a refreshing new choice when traveling to Iceland and beyond...

“These new flights will not only help meet the demands of a growing Detroit but also offer more options for Midwestern business and leisure travellers connecting from the Midwest region. We look forward to welcoming Detroit aboard.”

Icelandair's large fleet includes 12 examples of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 such as TF-ICY (c/n 44354) - which sports the flag carrier's newest livery
Icelandair's large fleet includes 12 examples of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 at the time of writing such as TF-ICY (c/n 44354) - which sports the flag carrier's newest livery Aviation Image Network/Wizzard

Passengers will also have opportunity to make onward connections at Icelandair’s Keflavík hub to more than 25 destinations, ranging from further locations across Iceland, as well as Europe, the UK and Greenland.

In recent years, former budget carrier WOW Air had previously operated a Detroit service from Iceland’s capital.

During 2021, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport handled more than 23 million passengers, however, in 2019 (pre-COVID) this was more than 36 million. According to the Wayne County Airport Authority, the gateway is served by more than 125 non-stop destinations from three continents.