The German airline, Condor, is set to begin servicing Akureyri and Egilsstaðir starting in the summer of 2023, according to a recent press release.
Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor, stated: “Iceland is one of the most popular destinations in the north. We are looking forward to offering our guests the opportunity to discover this diverse destination with its beautiful nature. With the connections to Akureyri and Egilsstaðir, we are also responding to the great demand from numerous tour operators offering round trips in the north and east of Iceland.”
Icelandic authorities have been trying for some time to open up more ways to fly to Iceland. The current arrangement came about through the cooperation of Austurbrú, Isavia Domestic Airports, Íslandsstofa and Markaðsstofa Norðurlands.
Sigríður Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, Head of Visit Iceland, said in the statement: “These new flights give our visitors the possibility to explore Iceland further by landing directly in the north or the east of Iceland. Both regions offer breathtaking landscapes and have a great tourism infrastructure in place, with a wide choice of hotels and outdoor activities and facilities.”
Currently, Egilsstaðir is only serviced by domestic flights, while Akureyri has several international connections to London, Copenhagen, and Tenerife. As both towns have developed airports and other tourist facilities, the hope is that this new service will further open up these regions to travel.
Condor is based out of Germany and services locations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.