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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Just Kidding, No More Iceland Flights From Cleveland This Winter, Icelandair Announces

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 1:59 PM

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Back in July, Icelandair announced plans to extend its recently-added service in Cleveland to the winter months. Now the airline is going back on its original decision, much to the chagrin of passengers who'd already booked flights during those months.

The airline will now only run from Cleveland to Iceland's capital of Reykjavik through Nov. 2 and then start back again March 20, meaning prime Northern Lights watching (seen best in winter) is no longer on the table directly from Cleveland.



"We saw it probably wasn't a good idea to fly those darkest couple of months," Egill Almar Agustsson, Icelandair's director of network planning, told Cleveland.com.

Since May, competing airlines Icelandair and Wow Air have made European travel more affordable than ever for Northeast Ohioans, with cheap direct flights to Reykjavik that could then serve as a springboard in traveling to nearby countries.

The area was one of the popular destinations for Clevelanders this summer, according to local travel agents. However, the company reported recently that its passenger revenue would probably be 5 to 8 percent lower than expected in 2018, leading to the resignation of its CEO.

There's still no official word on what Wow Airlines' flight schedule will be out of Cleveland next year, but travel with them runs through October.

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