Entries in Reykjavík (2)

Tuesday
Jun212011

Air Berlin starts Hamburg-Keflavík non-stop route

The German semi-low-cost airline Air Berlin has commenced twice-weekly non-stop service between the Hanseatic city on the River Elbe, Hamburg, and the Icelandic town whose name means "driftwood bay" in the local language.  The route between Hamburg's Fuhlsbüttel Airport (IATA: HAM; ICAO: EDDH) and Keflavík International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF), on a southwestern promontory of the volcanic island nation in the north Atlantic, will operate two times a week, on Sunday and Thursday.  The flights are about 3 hours 20 minutes each, in both directions.  The route will be flown with the Airbus A319.

Keflavík International was built in 1942 by the American military, which called it the United States Naval Air Station Keflavík, or NASKEF.  Keflavík International is the only year-round  international gateway (by air) in Iceland.  It is about 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of Reykjavík, the capital.  A plain near the Icelandic national capital was the site of the A.D. 930 establishment of the world's oldest continuously functioning parliamentary body.  This is now an Icelandic national park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

[There is no source because this exotic bit of news was hardly reported at all in the Anglophone press.  A bracketed date notation on the English language Wikipedia article for Keflavík International Airport, under Airlines and Destinations, tipped off the webmaster of this site, who decided to report on it.  All articles which inspired this in one way or another were translated from German or Icelandic using Google Translate.

Searches for the route on Air Berlin's website, and on www.kayak.com/flights, are successful, for Sunday and/or Thursday flights.]

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Friday
May142010

Keflavík Airport is closed again due to volcanic ash

Icelandair reported this morning that its main hub, Keflavík International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF), is closed again, because the amount of volcanic ash in the airspace above the region exceeds acceptable levels.  According to Icelandair’s website, all Icelandair flights departing Keflavík International for the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Continental Europe have been cancelled indefinitely.  Icelandair flights arriving to Iceland from the airline’s three North American destinations, Boston, New York, and Seattle, have been diverted to Akureyri Airport (IATA: AEY; ICAO: BIAR) four hours driving time to the northeast of Keflavík.  According to Icelandair’s website, buses will shuttle passengers from Akureyri to Reykjavík, the capital and largest city of Iceland, during the shutdown of Keflavík.  Keflavík International is expected to be closed until at least 8:00 tonight, EDT (UTC-04).  Air travlers with Icelandair should consult the Volcano FAQ link on the Icelandair news page to read about what their remedies are, if flying from, through, or to, Keflavík.

Nine airlines operate flights into and out of Keflavík International Airport, with an additional three airlines scheduled to begin service next month.  Because the airport is closed, no airline is currently operating through Keflavík.

Updates on the volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull can be read on Icelandair’s website, and also on the website of Keflavík International Airport.

related stories

Eyjafjallajökull damage report, and spectacular new video (May 13, 2010)

The spread of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull over time (May 4, 2010)

original story (Icelandair)