Gatwick welcomes further growth as new airline Icelandair helps meets passenger demand to Reykjavik


  • Gatwick welcomes Icelandair as it increases its services from London to Reykjavik
  • Gatwick’s competing and winning new airlines, creating more choice for passengers
  • Passengers benefit from a wide choice of onward connections to popular destinations in the US and Canada


Today, 2012-10-18 — / — Gatwick Airport welcomes new airline Icelandair – the national flagship carrier of Iceland – to its list of short-haul airlines, as it begins a twice a week service from Gatwick to Reykjavik.

Matt Wood, Head of Airline Relations at Gatwick Airport said: “We are delighted to welcome a new airline to Gatwick today, offering passengers further choice to this ever popular tourist winter destination.

“We are competing with other London airports to attract major airlines such as Icelandair and are committed to helping them grow and meet rising travel demands. Gatwick currently has around 25% spare capacity on its single runway, so we are in a great position to accommodate new airlines and ensure that London remains one of the best connected cities in the world.”

Hjőrvar Saeberg Hőgnason, General Manager at Icelandair said: “We are extremely happy to announce the start up of our service from Gatwick to Keflavik Airport as our flights will provide an excellent weekend link between London and Reykjavik. The flight times chosen offer the best possible long weekend options for both leisure and business passengers and meet the demands of our customers for winter tourism links.“

Icelandair will be increasing its service in Spring 2013 to three times a week, allowing passengers the opportunity to connect to onward destinations in North America, such as New York, Boston and Washington, via its extensive network.

Over the past three years, Gatwick has been investing around £20 million every month to transform the airport to make the facilities better for passengers and attract new airlines. With new routes to China, South Korea, Turkey, Caribbean and Vietnam, Gatwick is confident that more will follow.

Notes to Editors

Icelandair operating services out of Gatwick

  • Icelandair commences operations from Gatwick on Thursday 18 October 2012 from the North Terminal
  • It will operate the B757 aircraft which accommodates 183 seats in three cabins – Economy, Economy Comfort and Saga Class.
  • Icelandair will be adding a third service from Gatwick in 2013

Flight schedule

  • Thursday service will depart Reykjavik at 0745hrs and arrive at Gatwick at 1145hrs. The outbound flight will depart at 1310hrs and arrive in Reykjavik at 1510hrs.
  • Sunday service will depart Reykjavik at 1610hrs and arrive at Gatwick at 2010hrs. The outbound flight will depart Gatwick at 2110hrs and arrive at Reykjavik at 2310hrs.
  • When the clocks change at the end of October 2012, there will be a slight change to departure and arrival times.
    • Thursday service will depart Reykjavik at 0815hrs and arrive at Gatwick at 1115hrs, the outbound flight will depart at 1230hrs and arrive at Reykjavik at 1530hrs.
    • Sunday service will depart Reykjavik at 1645hrs and arrive at Gatwick at 1945hrs, the outbound flight will depart Gatwick at 2055hrs and arrive at Reykjavik at 2355hrs.


For more information contact:

Gatwick Airport press office

t: + 44 (0) 1293 505000


About Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the busiest single-runway airport in the world. It serves around 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 34 million passengers a year on short- and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 23,000 on-airport jobs and a further 13,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

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