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Icelandair returns to BWI

The Baltimore Sun

Icelandair has returned to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a two-month winter break.

Airport officials said the airline resumed service March 8. The airline has said that the suspension - the airline's first at BWI - reflected a drop in demand during colder months.

Icelandair flew daily to Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, but planned to resume service with four flights a week.

The city is one of two European destinations offered from BWI. The other city is London, provided by British Airways. It's one of just a few foreign locations beyond the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada where BWI provides service.

With the return of Icelandair, BWI offers seven international carriers, although the airport is working to lure more. It has said it faces difficulties in attracting foreign carriers because it's so close to Dulles International and Philadelphia International, the region's two main gateways in and out of the United States.

Icelandair has served BWI since 1990 and has maintained its North American headquarters in Columbia since 1994.

The airline also temporarily reduced or suspended service from its other U.S. destinations, which include Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Boston and Orlando, Fla. They have returned service to the other cities.

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