Delta Announces New Service to Iceland

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Delta announced that they would be launching new non-stop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Reykjavik, Iceland starting  May 26, 2016, as they plan to expand their service to Iceland.

The airline currently offers service from New York (JFK) to Reykjavik as well, so this new route will provide two gateway cities from the US to Iceland on Delta for customers to fly from.


Per Delta Air Lines,

Rome isn’t the only new nonstop destination being added from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport next spring. Delta Air Lines will launch seasonal service to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport from its Twin Cities hub beginning May 26, 2016.

Reykjavik will be Delta’s fifth destination in Europe from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Delta recently announced service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Romeand also operates flights to Amsterdam, London, Paris and Tokyo-Narita. Reykjavik service will be operated in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia using a 199-seat Boeing 757-300 aircraft. The aircraft offers 20 seats in the premium cabin as well as 29 in Delta Comfort+ and 150 in Main Cabin.  

Delta has also extended its service between Reykjavik and New York-JFK, which will now begin February 11, 2016. Previously operated for four months over the peak summer, Delta’s New York-JFK flight will now run for seven months, with service starting three times weekly and moving to daily in May 2016. Delta is the only U.S. airline that operates service to Iceland.

Delta’s Minneapolis-St Paul to Reykjavik schedule will operate as follows:

Flight number Departure Arrival
DL260 Minneapolis-St Paul at 9:52 p.m. Reykjavik at 9 a.m. (next day)
DL261 Reykjavik at 8:30 a.m. Minneapolis-St Paul 10 a.m.


Bottom Line

I’ve never been to Iceland, but have heard great things about the country so a trip there is definitely on my bucket list next summer!

One thing to note is that this plane is a domestic Boeing 757-300 aircraft, so don’t be expanding lie-flat seats in Business Class, since it’s just normal first class. Since these are just domestic first class seats, it would be nice if Delta would considering upgrading Medallions on this route, but I’m sure that will not be the case.

What are your thoughts about Delta’s latest international destination from Minneapolis? 

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  1. Iceland is a fantastic place to visit – in the ‘warm’ months. I’ve flown Icelandair’s 757 economy from Seattle – 7 hours – while it was tolerable, I would appreciate the business cabin a bit more although Icelandair doesn’t have lie-flat seats and the cabin is akin to U.S. domestic first. I don’t think demand is going to be high enough from the current roster of U.S. cities to Keflavik to warrant a twin aisle aircraft. But if Icelandair or any other carrier pushes the envelope to say 8 or 9 hour flights to the a single aisle narrow body aircraft (SFO/LAX/PHX/LAS/SAN/SJC/OAK/) then I think it’s time for a reality check.

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