Icelandair is starting a triangular service linking Rejkjavik with both Manchester and Glasgow. The Glasgow leg will start on August 27 with a twice-weekly service on Thursdays and Sundays, increasing to four times weekly from September 25.
The airline will also be increasing flights to Manchester from September 25, with the two additional flights timed to coincide with onwards connections to Icelandair’s North American destinations, which include Boston, Halifax, Minneapolis, New York JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Toronto.
The flights will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, timed as follows: departing Reykjavik at 0800, arriving Manchester at 1135; departing Manchester at 1225, arriving Glasgow at 1330; departing Glasgow at 1420, arriving Reykjavik at 1540.
This means that outbound passengers flying from Manchester have to go via Glasgow, but those returning from Rejkjavik will arrive direct. Equally, the outbound Glasgow flight is direct, but the returning trip is via Manchester.
The flight times allow connecting opportunities to and from Icelandair’s destinations in the US and Canada. With fewer options for transatlantic travellers from Manchester and Glasgow airports, the additional flights could be of real value, but with the triangular routing the extra time it will take could also be a drawback.
Report by Sara Turner