Icelandair expanding into Asia

Icelandair hopes to begin scheduled flights to Indian destinations by the end of next year, says company’s CEO.

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Icelandair intends to launch new flights to India, starting next year. Björgólfur Jóhannsson, CEO of Icelandair Group, the holding company of Icelandair, said Wednesday that the carrier hopes to begin scheduled flights to India in the autumn of 2019.

Björgólfur did not disclose further information regarding routes or dates, but the most likely destinations are thought to be the cities of New-Delhi and Mumbai. The flight between Keflavík International Airport and New-Delhi would take around 10 hours, while the flight to Mumbai is slightly longer. This is around the same time it takes to fly from Keflavík to San Francisco, one of Icelandair’s three new US destinations. Passengers traveling with Icelandair from New Delhi to New York, via Keflavik International Airport, could therefore reach their destination in 17  hours. Compared to a 15 hour direct flight from Indira Ghandi Airport to JFK or Newark.

WOW air, Iceland’s low-cost carrier, also has plans to enter Asia and will announce its plans later this month.