REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Today, Icelandair announces seasonal service to the heartland of America with flights from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) commencing on May 25, 2018. Icelandair’s Kansas City service will offer three non-stop flights a week to Iceland on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with easy connections to and from more than 25 destinations in Europe.

Kansas City is known as the “City of Fountains” and “Paris of the Plains.” With a rich American history situated in the heart of the Midwest, Kansas City offers visitors upscale shopping, a thriving art scene and plenty of fine dining, along with some great steaks and unrivaled American BBQ. It is also known as the home of the infamous outlaw, Jessie James and where cartoonist, Walt Disney, first created the iconic Mickey Mouse while an art student. Music lovers know Kansas City as the home of “swing”, where Count Basie started his new form of jazz in the local Kansas City clubs, and where Fats Domino was inspired to write his classic hit, “Kansas City, Here I Come.”

“Icelandair has be in operation for over 80 years with a long and illustrious history. But today marks the first time in that history that Icelandair will offer non-stop flights to and from the heart of America to Iceland and beyond. This will not only benefit families and leisure travelers wanting to explore the world but will also open up many opportunities for business, trade and foreign relations between Europe and Kansas City. Our network is bigger and stronger than ever and we offer our passengers more flights, more connections and a refreshing alternative to Iceland and beyond. We look forward to welcoming Kansas City aboard”, said Icelandair CEO Bjorgolfur Johannsson.

Iceland has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe. Less than 7 hours from MCI, Iceland is a natural wonderland filled with geysers, glaciers and waterfalls, clean air, pure water and natural hot springs. And if Iceland is not your final destination, be sure to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.

“Icelandair has made an excellent choice in connecting Kansas City to their growing network,” said Kansas City Director of Aviation Pat Klein. “In addition to nonstop access to one of the fastest growing tourism destinations, passengers will also appreciate the ease of transiting through Iceland on their way to Europe.”

Icelandair has been in operation since 1937, and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017. The airline has helped boost tourism to its home country in record numbers and bolstered Iceland as one of Europe’s hottest destinations. As an aviation pioneer, Icelandair continues to grow by adding new aircraft to its modern fleet, more destinations and popular amenities, including over 600 hours of personal in-flight entertainment and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi access available on all routes.