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02 Dec 2016

Tourism Ireland welcomes new flight from Iceland to Belfast

New Icelandair flight is good news for tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Icelandair of a new flight from Reykjavik to Belfast, starting in June 2017. This new service will certainly help boost leisure travel from Iceland to Belfast and Northern Ireland. It is also good news for tourism from North America, with Icelandair offering good connections, via Reykjavik, from American gateways on to Belfast.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland. Not only will it help grow visitor numbers from Iceland, but this new service will also offer connectivity between North America and Belfast. We look forward to co-operating with Icelandair, Belfast City Airport and other tourism partners, to maximise the promotion of this new service from Reykjavik to Belfast. As an island destination, the importance of convenient flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”
  At the announcement of the new Icelandair Service from Reykjavik to Belfast City Airport are (l-r) Ciaran Doherty, Tourism Ireland; Ellie McGimpsey, Belfast City Airport; and Anne McMullan, Visit Belfast.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2015, we welcomed almost 2 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £484 million. 
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.