8 JANUARY 2018
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If your budget does not permit generally flying on a wide-bodied aircraft and you don’t mind connecting, Keflavik is proving to be an attractive alternative. A stopover is usually permitted but while there are no airline charges, the costs in Iceland are astronomic.
May will see the introduction of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Cleveland (CLE) by Icelandair from the carrier’s seven UK gateways, bringing the destinations served in the US up to 20.
WOW starts four Iceland destinations in spring 2018; Detroit (DTW) from 25 April, Cleveland (CLE) from 3 May, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) from 9 May and St Louis (STL) from 17 May. These link with services from Stansted, Gatwick, Edinburgh (EDI) and Bristol (BRS).
As an alternative to Keflavik, Aer Lingus flies 14 North American routes from Dublin and offers a much-praised pre-immigration clearance service. The flights connect not only with ten UK airports but certain continental gateways too. Business Class passengers can avail themselves of a special lounge, and the facility is available to Economy class travellers too (£35). New for 2018 (from 25 March) are both Philadelphia (PHL), Pennsylvania's largest city with its historical centre, and Seattle, home of Boeing and Starbucks. All Aer Lingus transatlantic services are flown by two-class Airbus A330s.
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