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Press article fom  25.02.2005

Iceland Express flies to the land of geysers

Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn, 25 February 2005. Iceland is a very popular holiday destination and until now, the flight connections were rather limited. This will change with the summer flight schedule, however. Starting 21st May, Iceland-Express will be flying three times a week from Frankfurt-Hahn to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. Thanks to the new flights, Iceland will be easier to reach than ever before. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, one of the low-cost airline’s Boeing 737-300s will be taking off for the north. Online ticket sales at www.icelandexpress.com started already at the beginning of February. The prices start at €80 for the approximately 3½-hour flight.

This is the first time low-priced flights are being offered from Germany to Iceland. Frankfurt-Hahn is the third destination airport being flown to by Iceland Express from its hub in Reykjavik. The other two airports are London Stansted and Copenhagen. "One of the main reasons Iceland Express has decided in favour of Frankfurt-Hahn was the increasing significance this airport is gaining for additional low-fare airlines," explained Almar Örn Hilmarsson, Managing Director of Iceland Express, during a press conference in Hahn on Friday. "We are more than satisfied with the ticket sales so far."

Rhineland-Palatinate's Minister of Commerce and Transport, Hans-Artur Bauckhage, is pleased the new airline has settled here. This contributes to the additional economic stabilisation of the airport and thus to securing jobs at the Hahn location. Bauckhage feels his assessment has been confirmed: "The Frankfurt-Hahn success story continues."

"We are very pleased with the Iceland-Express decision in favour of Frankfurt-Hahn," stated airport general manager Jörg Schumacher during a press conference at Hahn. It strengthens Hahn’s importance as a low-cost airport. Schumacher considers the new destination an interesting expansion of the existing network of air-routes: "Reykjavik is the 29th and most distant destination now being flown to from Hahn for passenger traffic."

Based on the motto "Iceland, the year round, of course", the Icelandic tourist office is presenting the beauty and uniqueness of the sparsely populated island in the far north. Whether activity holidays, whale watching, or wellness holidays, it's all possible. Iceland offers a great variety of opportunities for taking tours leading both through wide-open countryside as well as to restricted areas. Along with traditional tours, one has the chance of making totally new experiences. Sightseeing tours lead through breathtaking scenery and newly created fields of lava to roaring waterfalls and majestic glaciers.

You can get more information about the Iceland destination from the Icelandic Tourist Office, Frankfurter Str. 181, 63263 Neu-Isenburg, phone number +49 (6102) 254-484 or at www.icetourist.de.
<7br>Detailed information on accommodations, car rentals, excursions, and the recreational offers in Iceland is also available at the Iceland Express' website, www.icelandexpress.com. Many of these services can be booked online.

Iceland Express started its air traffic in February 2003. The airline was very successful with its London and Copenhagen routes. Since it started up, it has been able to notch up 25 percent of the increase in air travel to Iceland for itself.

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