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Canary Island Bound: Icelandair Launches Flights To Gran Canaria

SimpleFlying 10/7/2022 Luke Bodell
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Icelandair has unveiled Gran Canaria as the newest addition to its network. The carrier will launch flights to Las Palmas on November 15th as part of a weekly service running until April 2023.

Icelandair headed for Gran Canaria

From next month, Icelandair will operate a weekly flight between Keflavik (KEF) and Las Palmas (LPA) as the carrier bolsters its leisure offerings. The first flight will take off from Keflavik on November 15th, with the morning service leaving every Tuesday at 09:30 until April 11th, 2023.

Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair CEO, said,

"We are excited to introduce Gran Canaria to our extensive Route Network, reaching 40 destinations in Europe and North America."

Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, the third-largest island in the Canary Islands archipelago situated approximately 1,700km southwest of mainland Spain in the Atlantic Ocean.

Icelandair

As for what Las Palmas and Gran Canaria offers for travelers, Icelandair notes "with endless sunshine, diverse landscapes, exciting ocean activities and relaxing beach escapes... it is often described as a miniature continent because of its diverse flora and fauna, high mountain ranges, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, sand dunes, beaches, forests and wine yards."

First scheduled flights to Las Palmas

This won't be the first time Icelandair has served Las Palmas, as the carrier has regularly operated charter flights for tour companies in the past. However, this will be the first time Icelandair offers scheduled flights to the capital of Gran Canaria.

Icelandair has deployed the Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 757 for its Tenerife flights. Photo: Icelandair

Las Palmas becomes the second Canary Islands destination in the Icelandair network following the successful addition of Tenerife last year.

CEO Bogason added,

"Last year we added Tenerife to our schedule and we have received very good feedback from our customers. After the integration of Icelandair and tour operator VITA, new opportunities like these have emerged, which strengthens our route network and increases the service to our customers."

In an effort to boost traffic, the Canary Islands Tourist Board recently issued a call for tenders to establish up to 18 more international routes with La Palma, another island in the Canaries, with up to $200,000 offered for each new route.

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Committed to the Spanish market

With Tenerife South Airport (TSF) joined by Spanish capital Madrid (MAD) last year, Icelandair also began flights to Alicante (ALC) this February. Tenerife and Alicante both proved a hit, leading Icelandair to switch both routes from seasonal to all-year-round.

Icelandair's route map for 2022. Photo: Icelandair

The resurgent carrier now operates an extensive European network of over 25 destinations following some exciting additions this summer, such as Rome and Nice.

Have you traveled to the Canary Islands with Icelandair before? Let us know your experiences in the comments.

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