Icelandair Plans Resumption of Flights to Portland, Oregon

In past years, Portland Or. was the site of a growing international network. In 2020, British Airways planned to operate a new service from London Heathrow but never came to fruition due to the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, service by Delta to Amsterdam and Tokyo is temporarily suspended. However, flights to Frankfurt on Condor will resume in the summer.

As mentioned above, Iceland announced the reopening of its borders to vaccinated people in non-Schengen countries, effective on March 18, 2021. These countries include the U.S, Canada, Asia, and the United Kingdom. To enter the country if a traveler is vaccinated, a passenger needs a record of vaccination like a CDC-issued certificate.  If shown, vaccinated travelers will not require a test or quarantine and are free to roam the country.

Furthermore, those who have been previously infected with COVID-19 can enter the country without quarantine.  For these people, a record of a positive PCR test from 14 days or older is necessary. As for travelers without a vaccination, a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure is required, in addition to a quarantine. 

Currently, Icelandair only operates flights to Boston two times a week. With the ramp-up of vaccinations in Europe and the United States of America, Icelandair is anticipating higher levels of demand. In addition to resuming flights to Portland, the airline has reopened booking for flights to Orlando from July 24. The Icelandic-flag carrier is looking at serving 11 destinations in North America, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Newark, New York-JFK, Orlando, Portland and Washington-Dulles in the United States; and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada, subject to change.

In recent weeks, Icelandair announced the consolidation of its domestic subsidiary, Air Iceland Connect, into Icelandair. At the time, CEO Bogi Nils Bogadson, stated, “As our domestic flights become more visible through Icelandair’s booking engines, we hope to open more of Iceland to the world with easy connections to our network in Europe and North America while increasing the number of tourists within our domestic operations.”[1]

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