Icelandair bringing back BWI flights

Icelandair is bringing back its nonstop service to Iceland from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a decade’s absence.

The airline will begin four weekly round-trip flights to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, beginning May 28, the company said Wednesday.

The airline ended 17 years of flights from BWI to Reykjavik in 2007.

“The time is right for Icelandair to return to BWI,” said Icelandair CEO Bjorgolfur Johannsson, in a statement. “Icelandair has been in operation for over 80 years, and Baltimore has played an important role in that history.”

The trip will better connect BWI fliers to destinations in Europe, with Icelandair’s Reykjavik hub linking to more than 25 markets across Europe.

Icelandair was one of several airlines that cut service to BWI in the late 1990s and early 2000s in favor of nearby international airports in Dulles, outside Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

Gov. Larry Hogan applauded the airline’s return as a sign of BWI’s strength.

“Maryland’s status as an important international business and tourist destination continues to grow,” Hogan said in a statement. “This new service from Icelandair will offer terrific new opportunities for travel and trade, and the added flights will strengthen global connections with Iceland and cities across Europe.”

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