Delta is to offer flights to Iceland from three US destinations this summer, citing it as “the first destination in Europe to permit entry to fully vaccinated Americans”.
Daily service between New York’s JFK and Reykjavik will resume on May 1, followed by a new daily route from Boston on May 20, and daily flights from Minneapolis Saint Paul International on May 27.
The Boston-Reykjavik route will be served by a 193-seat B757-200 featuring Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort + and Main Cabin seating. Flights will depart Boston at 2225, arriving into Keflavik International airport at 0745 the following day, with the return leg leaving Iceland at 1015 and landing back into Boston at 1200.
Meanwhile the JFK-Reykjavik service will be operated by a 169-seat B757-200 with Delta One, Delta Comfort + and Main Cabin seating. Flights will depart JFK at 2215, arriving into Iceland at 0805 the following day, with the return leg departing at 1115 and landing back into New York at 1315.
Finally the Minneapolis-Reykjavik route will be served by a 193-seat B757-200 aircraft, configured with Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort + and Main Cabin seating. Flights will depart Minneapolis at 2045, arriving into Keflavik International at 0755 the following day, with the return leg leaving Iceland at 0930 and landing back into the US city at 1100.
The resumption of flights follows Iceland’s decision to allow fully vaccinated non-EU travellers to visit the country without having to quarantine on arrival. Previously the exemption only applied to vaccinated travellers from EU countries.
Delta said that the move made Iceland “the first leisure destination in Europe easily accessible to US travellers since the pandemic began”.
The carrier said that “Customers traveling to Iceland will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or recovery of Covid-19” – details of the requirements and accepted documents can be seen here.
Travellers returning to the US will still be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result.
Commenting on the news Joe Esposito, SVP – 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 travellers, which mean more opportunities to reconnect customers to the people and places that matter most.”
Delta recently announced plans to expand its quarantine-free services between the US and Italy from next month, with the initiative launching on flights from New York JFK to Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino.