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Destination Iceland: Two airlines announce new service from CLE offering connections to Europe

Cleveland is continuing to demonstrate that it is a strong, viable air service market with last week’s announcement by two airlines that they will begin service from Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to Iceland with direct connections to many European destinations.

IcelandAir announced that it will launch four times weekly service from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, starting in May 2018. 

In addition, WOW air announced that it will launch four times a week service to Reykjavik that same month.

“A combination of low-cost and more traditional carriers, WOW Air and Iceland Air will give tourists and business travelers attractive, effective, and less expensive routes to all of the European continent,” said Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman. 

He noted that “over 25 GCP businesses and the GCP Air Service Demand Task Force were instrumental in these efforts." 

Members of the task force and staff visited with airline executives in late July to further these negotiations, which led to both announcements occurring within 24 hours of one another.

IcelandAir offers connections to more than 25 destinations in Europe, which will be available through the airlines’ Reykjavik hub. It uses the country's geographical location midway between America and Europe, as an opportunity to build an ever-growing network of international routes with Iceland as a hub. 

As of spring 2017, WOW air services 32 destinations across Europe and North America including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

Media coverage

Learn more about the GCP’s involvement with, and reaction to, the CLE announcements from the media coverage: