Another international route is coming back online at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, with news that Icelandair is resuming its service to Reykjavik.
The airline will restart its flights from MSP to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on June 20, initially operating four weekly flights on a 160-seat Boeing 737 MAX 8.
The service will then expand to daily from July 16, using the 216-seat Boeing 757.
It comes as Iceland is reopening its borders to vaccinated travelers from the United States and Europe, with Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason saying: "We are pleased to return to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with non-stop flights to Iceland and connections to the U.K., Scandinavia and Central Europe."
The majority of international routes from MSP were scrapped during the onset of COVID-19 and border restrictions were put in place, but they have gradually been coming back as vaccinations have been rolled out in 2021.
Delta has resumed its nonstop routes from MSP to Paris and Amsterdam as the European Union loosened restrictions for American travelers, though its London route has yet to resume outbound.
Icelandair is now offering connecting flights to London via Keflavik, as well as numerous other European cities.
"Icelandair has a great 20-year history serving the Twin Cities, and we’re excited for its return this summer,” said Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which operates MSP. "There’s a lot of pent-up demand for international travel, and Icelandair offers great options for direct flights to the island or a connecting point to more than 20 other trans-Atlantic destinations."