Direct charter flights from Egilsstaðir in East Iceland to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands will be available starting this fall. Mbl.is reports that a similar, limited-time package vacation will be offered from Akureyri to Tenerife in January 2020. The travel agency scheduling these flights says this is an opportunity to better serve Icelandic travelers who live in rural areas.
This will be the first time that a direct flight to Tenerife from Egilsstaðir will be possible, although Ásdís Pétursdóttir, the spokesperson for VITA, says the travel agency offering the trips says that it has made a point of scheduling special getaways departing from Iceland’s rural airports. “In order to serve our customers in the regions, VITA has regularly offered flights to various foreign destinations from both Akureyri and Egilsstaðir, but up until now, these have mainly been city breaks.” She noted that the trip from Egilsstaðir to Tenerife has generated a lot of interest and is almost sold out.
Jakob Ómarsson, the marketing director for VITA says that similar trips from Akureyri to Tenerife have been offered previously and he hopes that these will be able to be offered more regularly in the future, although it is currently possible to say how often would be feasible. “We have, at any rate, a great interest in serving our customers in the regions and offering them direct flights to the sun,” he said.