Icelandair Plans Resumption of Flights to Portland, Oregon

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On Monday, March 15, Iceland announced the reopening of its borders to anyone with a COVID-19 vaccine without the need to quarantine or testing. Following the decision, Icelandair is anticipating an increased volume of travel to the country, which will allow them to resume a variety of routes. Icelandair plans to resume its seasonal flight to Portland, Oregon, starting on July 2.

The flight departs from Portland, Oregon, three times a week on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through the end of October. Additionally, it arrives in Portland, Or. on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, causing a 22-plus hour overnight at the airport. From the airline’s hub in Keflavik to Portland, the flight takes 8 hours and 7 hours and 30 minutes on the way back.

OriginDestinationDeparture TimeArrival Time
Reykjavik, IcelandPortland, Or.4:50 P.M.5:50 P.M.
Portland, Or.Reykjavik, Iceland3:35 P.M.6:05 A.M.

Flights between the cities first commenced twice weekly in May 2015. At its peak, however, the route was operated six times a week, showing its success pre-COVID-19. Similar to previous years but subject to change, Icelandair will utilize its Boeing 757-200 on the route, seating 183 passengers. It features 22 business class seats in a 2-2 configuration and 161 economy seats in a 3-3 configuration.

In a press release, Director of Air Service Development at Portland International Airport, David Zielke, states, “We are thrilled to welcome Icelandair back to PDX.  There is a lot of pent-up demand for travel. As cities and countries re-open and welcome back tourists, we appreciate Icelandair reestablishing the connection between Portland and Reykjavik.”

Icelandair Regional Manager, North America, Grimur Gislason adds, “Iceland has been eagerly waiting for visitors to freely return and Icelandair is excited to continue connecting these two great cities as brighter days begin to return.”

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