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Nonstop flights from Detroit to Iceland begin today

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May 18 2023

QUINCY, MA (May 18, 2023) - Today, Icelandair officially launches nonstop, seasonal service from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) to Reykjavík, Iceland. Flight 872 is scheduled to depart the Motor City for Keflavík International Airport (KEF) four times a week at 8:30pm with arrival in Iceland the following morning at 6:30am.

Return flight 873 will depart Iceland bound for Michigan at 4:55pm, arriving the same day at Detroit Metropolitan Airport at 7:20pm. Flights operate through October 30, 2023 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays utilizing a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX.

The flight time from DTW to Iceland is approximately six hours, with connections available at Icelandair’s Keflavík hub to more than 25 destinations in Iceland, Greenland, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Continental Europe. Icelandair passengers can also take a Stopover in Iceland for up to 7 nights at no additional airfare, en route to their final destination.

“Icelandair is pleased to offer Detroit a refreshing new choice when traveling to Europe. Our new flights will offer Michigan’s business and leisure travelers more options to Iceland and beyond,” said Bogi Nils Bogason, president & CEO of Icelandair Group. “These new flights will open the doors for inbound and outbound travelers to make Detroit a relevant gateway in our network, boosting tourism and trade to and from the Motor City. We are excited to help bridge Motown with Europe and look forward to welcoming Detroit aboard.”

Detroit, the birthplace of auto manufacturing in the United States, is the second-largest regional economy in the American Midwest and home to the legendary Motown music scene. According to a recent study from Airports Council International, DTW is the "Best Airport of 25 to 40 million passengers in North America,” an honor it shares with Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. DTW serves over 125 destinations and offers connections to passengers traveling through the Motor City.

“From Detroit Metropolitan Airport, our customers are just five and a half hours away from geothermal pools, stunning views of the northern lights, and active volcanoes,” said Chad Newton, CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority. “We’re ready to reintroduce the Midwest to Iceland. We believe nonstop flights to Iceland and the opportunity to connect to other cities throughout Europe are two more reasons travelers will choose DTW.”

For more information about Icelandair’s schedule, flights or fares to Iceland and beyond please visit


About Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 28 million passengers in 2022. As one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs, DTW offers approximately 800 flights per day to and from more than 125 nonstop destinations on three continents. DTW is operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport. Visit for more information.

About Icelandair

Icelandair offers service to and from Iceland through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport serving 15 destinations in North America and more than 25 destinations in Iceland, Greenland, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Continental Europe and domestically throughout Iceland. Icelandair also allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover at no additional airfare. For more information visit

Michael Raucheisen
Communications Manager, Icelandair - North America
MEDIA LINE: (734) 247-7379