Iceland Express launching newer planes

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 7:18 PM

Iceland Express offers direct flights to Reykjavik

Iceland Express offers direct flights to Reykjavik

Iceland Express has announced that its passengers will soon be able to enjoy newer aircraft as a result of a leasing agreement with CSA Holidays, a subsidiary of Czech Airlines.

The low-cost carrier will receive two 180-seat Airbus A320s that were built in March this year and in 2004.

Both planes will operate daily return flights from London to Keflavik airport, which serves as the gateway to Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city.

Iceland Express claimed that the aircraft are more spacious and passenger-friendly than those previously used as part of an agreement with Astraeus, the UK charter airline that went into administration this week.

The carrier has submitted an application for its own operating licence to the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration and hopes to gain approval before the end of 2012.

Heimir Mar Petursson, public relations manager for Iceland Express, said: "We are pleased to be working with CSA Holidays and are looking forward to moving the airline into the future with a modern fleet which will provide a better service for our passengers.

"We've experienced tremendous growth over the last year and we are confident this new relationship will allow us to continue this growth and expand our network of destinations."

The company also announced that modifications have been made to its summer 2012 schedule in line with customer demand, with Reykjavik set to be served by twice-weekly flights from Edinburgh and a daily service from London Gatwick.

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