It seems Delta Air Lines is offering more options for those who are fully vaccinated and wish to travel to Iceland.
Delta will offer three routes to Reykjavík, with a new route from Boston, with Minneapolis-Saint Paul being resumed – and New York JFK now operating.
The move on the growth of the Delta network to Iceland is due to Iceland’s recent exemption of fully vaccinated Americans from the ban on non-essential travel and other restrictions like testing and quarantine requirements. This makes Iceland t the first leisure destination in Europe easily accessible to U.S. travellers since the pandemic began.
Let’s break down the routes.
Boston Logan – Keflavík
Delta will launch a service from the 20th of May, operating daily. Planned operation is as follows:
DL266 DEPART BOS 22:25 ARRIVE KEF 07:45+1 DL267 DEPART KEF 10:15 ARRIVE BOS 12:00 Commences 27th May 2021 Operates Daily Booked Equipment: Boeing 757-200
The service will be operated with a 193-seat Boeing 757-200 featuring Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul – Keflavík
Delta will resume its service to Iceland from Minneapolis-St Paul on the 27th of May, operating a daily service. Planned operation is shown below
DL260 DEPART MSP 20:25 ARRIVE KEF 07:55+1 DL261 DEPART KEF 09:30 ARRIVE MSP 11:00 Commences 27th May 2021 Operates Daily Booked Equipment: Boeing 757-200
Again, the service will be operated with a 193-seat Boeing 757-200 featuring Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service.
New York-JFK – Keflavík
This service restarted on the 1st of May and is flying daily. Its current operation is shown below.
DL246 DEPART JFK 22:25 ARRIVE KEF 08:05+1 DL247 DEPART KEF 11:15 ARRIVE JFK 13:15 Commences 1st May 2021 Operates Daily Booked Equipment: Boeing 757-200
This service will be operated with a Boeing 757-200 with 168-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with Delta One, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin onboard.
If you are considering travelling to Iceland, you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or recovery of COVID-19. Travellers returning to the U.S. will still require a negative COVID-19 test and can find a nearby location with Delta’s dedicated testing resource for international travel.
Joe Esposito, S.V.P. – Network Planning said:
“We know our customers are eager to safely get back out into the world, including exploring one of the globe’s most beautiful outdoor destinations,”
“As confidence in travel rises, we hope more countries continue reopening to vaccinated travelers, which mean more opportunities to reconnect customers to the people and places that matter most.”
Betting on leisure
We’ve seen other airlines play the leisure card – and with Iceland opening up to vaccinated travellers, this will be a major test to see if vaccinated travel can work well. Delta’s use of Boeing 757 aircraft on the route shows that, with them offering 3878 seats a week between the USA and Iceland.
As the world slowly begins to open up again, connecting people for both leisure and family purposes, airlines will be targeting those markets where passengers can travel “freely”. Iceland seems to be the first option for those in the US who want to venture towards Europe.
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