Icelandair Inaugurates Kansas City’s First-Ever Nonstop Transatlantic Air Service

In January Icelandair announced seasonal transatlantic air service to Europe with new nonstop flights between Kansas City and Iceland. The inaugural departure to Iceland will be Saturday, May 26 at 5:15 p.m. with festivities and ribbon cutting beyond security in a newly renovated departure lounge. On hand will be Geir Haarde, Iceland’s Ambassador to the United States; Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO, Icelandair; Mayor Sly James, City of Kansas City, Missouri; and Pat Klein, Director of Aviation, City of Kansas City, Missouri. As the jet taxis to the runway, the City of Kansas City, Fire Department’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting trucks will send off the flight with a spectacular arched water salute. 

Effective May 26, Kansas City-region travelers can fly nonstop from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) near the Iceland capital, Reykjavik. Icelandair will offer three nonstop flights per week to Iceland, with easy connections to and from more than 25 of the most popular destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K., and Continental Europe. Icelandair also allows passengers to enjoy an Icelandair Stopover in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare. The service offers travelers a new, convenient transatlantic alternative.

Service from Kansas City will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays on 183-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft, featuring Icelandair’s updated cabin with more legroom, in-flight entertainment, and gate-to-gate WiFi. Service levels range from economy to “Saga Class”. Return flights to Kansas City will be operated on Tuesdays, Fridays and Mondays.Tickets are available for purchase at Icelandair.us or 800-223-5500.Flight FI840 departs Kansas City International Airport at 5:15 p.m. (CDT) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrives at KEF at 5:05 a.m. (GMT), just in time to start the day in Iceland or make easy connections to other Icelandair destinations in Europe, such as London, Paris, Dublin or Munich. Flight FI841 departs Keflavik International Airport at 6:00 p.m. (GMT) on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays and arrives in Kansas City at 8:45 p.m. (CDT). Icelandair will operate from a newly renovated departure lounge and International Arrivals area in Terminal C. 

The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit flykci.com for more information. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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