Icelandic airline WOW Air has revealed that it will be increasing its flights schedule between London Gatwick and Reykjavik by 117 per cent from June 2.
The airline has announced that twice-daily flights will depart from London at 12:15pm and 8:40pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a daily flight on Saturday, which will depart at 12:15pm.
“We’re really excited to be increasing from six return flights to 13 return flights from London to Reykjavik,” said Svana Fridriksdottir, Director of Communications at WOW Air.
“As Iceland’s cheekiest airline, we aim to get as many intrepid travellers over to Iceland so they can experience the beauty and fun of the country.”
The summer schedule, coinciding with a series of art, music and cultural festivities in the country, will run until September 3.
Flights on the route will start from £95 one way, which includes taxes and hand luggage allowance, plus handbag and duty-free shopping bag.
Budget airline easyJet has also recently announced that it is adding two new routes from Manchester and Edinburgh to Reykjavik, with the service to Iceland’s capital starting from March 2013.
Twice-weekly flights will depart from Edinburgh to Reykjavik regularly on a Monday and Thursday, starting on March 14. Two flights a week will also depart from Manchester on Thursdays and Sundays, starting on March 21.
Iceland, best known for its hot springs, geysers, active volcanoes and its vibrant capital Reykjavik, attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Official figures reveal that international tourism is on the increase in the country, with foreign visitors accounting for 90 per cent of total guest nights in hotels in July 2012, up 13 per cent compared with July 2011.
Reflecting figures from Statistics Iceland, the country‘s centre for official statistics, ETOA also states that visitor numbers to the country have soared.
While the number of overseas visitors to Iceland reached 210,000, this figure climbed to 600,000 in 2011, and is expected to rise by a further 16 per cent this year.