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Icelandair will begin servicing Philadelphia in May (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Icelandair will begin servicing Philadelphia in May (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A new international airline will soon be offering service to Europe from Philadelphia. 

Icelandair will begin seasonal service between Philadelphia International Airport and Reykjavik beginning May 30th.  Airport CEO Chellie Cameron says bringing another foreign carrier to town is very important.

“It’s our fifth foreign-flag carrier that gives us connectivity to another capital city in Europe,” she said.  “It gives up connectivity to another 25 European destinations.”

Thorsteinn Egilsson of Iceland Air says the company has been considering Philadelphia as a new destination for about three years.

“We see a lot of opportunity for this savvy market, both business and leisure travelers, we can serve them to Europe,” he said.

It will fly three round trips a week between Philadelphia and Iceland.   Airline officials didn’t comment on fares other than to say they will be “competitive” with other carriers.

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