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KCI gets its first-ever nonstop transatlantic flight

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Icelandair has announced a seasonal transatlantic air service to Europe with new nonstop flights between Kansas City and Iceland. (Icelandair /Facebook) Icelandair has announced a seasonal transatlantic air service to Europe with new nonstop flights between Kansas City and Iceland. (Icelandair /Facebook)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Icelandair has announced a seasonal transatlantic air service to Europe with new nonstop flights between Kansas City and Iceland.

Beginning May 26, Kansas City-region travelers can fly nonstop from Kansas City International Airport to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavík International Airport near the Iceland capital, Reykjavik.

Icelandair’s Kansas City service will offer three nonstop flights per week to Iceland, with connections to and from more than 25 of the most popular destinations in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.

Service from Kansas City will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays on 183-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Return flights to Kansas City will be operated on Tuesdays, Fridays and Mondays.

“Icelandair has made an excellent choice in connecting Kansas City to their growing network,” said Kansas City Director of Aviation Pat Klein. “In addition to nonstop access to one of the fastest growing tourism destinations, passengers will also appreciate the ease of transiting through Iceland on their way to Europe.”

Icelandair will operate from Terminal C at KCI. The new service supplements other scheduled nonstop international service to Cancun, Mexico, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Toronto, Canada.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the announcement is another step in the development of the city. 

"This flight marks the next chapter in our Kansas City development," James said. "It opens the door between Kansas City and global markets   It allows us to take our place on the world stage where we truly belong."

Michael Racheisen of IcelandAir said Kansas City was an easy selection for the airline. 

"You look at where Kansas City is located and the market, here of over 3 million people, and you ask yourself why hasn't anyone else chosen Kansas City," he said. "It's a perfectly situated location in the United States for European traveler and a great location for the heart of America to Europe. "

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