It has been rumoured more often lately... FI
is taking a look at Canada once again! After many years of flying to Halifax (still a cargo service going there), it seems to be that talk of a Canadian destination gets more serious now.
I am not really sure about a year round service KEF
, and wonder how many rotations would be made by week if FI
decides to add YWG
as a destination. As far as I know, only Zoom Airlines has direct schedules services between Europe to YWG
Winnipeg is not the most important Canadian destination from a European tourist point of view and besides that, the article states that a population of about 100.000 people descends from Icelanders... My guess is that some of them would want to travel to Iceland, but that would be a low percentage nevertheless. Icelanders here are not really enthousiastic about a holiday to YWG
. I can recall that a charter flight during summer a few years ago had to be filled on its empty legs to YWG
as a choir was flying there to from KEF
, but they could not fill the empty legs! So would YWG
be a successfull operation?
Just read the next article and let me know what you think about it.
Btw: This is a funny article actually... As I have not seen any red carpets here being rolled out for a "Doer". I actually just read from this article that the guy was over here on a visit. It has not been much in the media here
Icelanders roll out the red carpet as Doer seeks direct flights to Reykjavik
Premier Gary Doer is getting the red carpet treatment this week on a three-day tour of Iceland on the invitation of the country’s former Prime Minister.
Doer arrived in Iceland Thursday for a trip planned following the visit to Winnipeg and Gimli by former Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson in August 2005.
Friday night current Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde is hosting a state dinner for Doer, who has also set up a number of business meetings with Icelandic finance, pharmaceutical and energy companies.
Doer also had a meeting with the CEO of IcelandAir Thursday, to discuss plans to begin a direct flight between Winnipeg and Reykjavik which would be the only direct flight between Canada and Iceland.
With Manitoba home to the largest Icelandic population outside of Iceland, it makes sense to link the two locales by air, said Doer. It’s estimated there are 100,000 people of Icelandic descent living in Manitoba.
The flight could also be a gateway into Europe, as Reykjavik already serves as a hub for flights between the U.S. and Europe.