Saskatchewan is out and Iceland is in, Delta Airlines says


Flying nonstop from the U.S. into one of Saskatchewan's airport won't be possible once Delta ends its MSP service to the Canadian city.

CBC News reports Delta also recently announced it's canceling nonstop fights from Minneapolis St. Paul to Regina, the capital of the Canadian province Saskatchewan, at the end of July.

And Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is the last in the U.S. to offer direct flights to Regina.

The reason the flight is stopping? Low demand from travelers, and "softening revenue, a Delta Airlines spokesperson told CBC.

He also said that Delta will work with individual passengers affected by the suspension, which could involve a refund or another airline getting passengers to their destinations.

The Regina Airport Authority is extremely disappointed with the decision, according to the Regina Leader-Post.

“While the low Canadian dollar and economic downturn may have been contributing factors to the recent decline in current and forecasted passenger loads, it is extremely disappointing in light of the recent (upgrades) this past November,” Dick Graham, president and CEO of Regina Airport Authority said in a press release, according to the Leader-Post.

There are still a few flight options from Regina, explains USA Today – the routes are just a bit more scenic:

  • Passengers flying to the U.S. from Canada will now most likely have to go to Calgary or Toronto first.
  • The Canadian low-carrier West Jet will operate seasonal leisure-oriented routes from Regina to Las Vegas and Phoenix.
  • Delta will continue flights between Minneapolis and Saskatoon – Saskatechwan’s largest city about 160 miles northwest of Regina.

Direct flights to Iceland are starting though

Before there were Vikings in Minnesota, Vikings settled in Iceland. Now you can visit the Vikings' former Nordic island home by flying nonstop on Delta.

Beginning Thursday, Delta is offering nonstop flights from the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport to Iceland's Keflavik International Airport, according to a news release. (Previously only Icelandair offered nonstop flights.)

Reykjavik is the fifth European destination where Delta is offering nonstop flights from the Twin Cities, the release said. You can also fly directly to Rome, Amsterdam, London and Paris with Delta.

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