The Land of Fire and Ice is about to get a little closer for Chicago travelers from next year.
Flag carrier Icelandair is to resume nonstop year-round service from Chicago O’Hare to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport.
Flights will run four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, beginning March 16, 2016, offering connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe.
“We are excited to return to Chicago as a bigger, better airline that can best serve the dynamic market of this world-class city and its nearly 10 million inhabitants,” said the airline’s CEO Birkir Holm Gudnason.
“Icelandair’s decision to bring nonstop flights to Chicago not only demonstrates the attractiveness of our world-class city for tourism and business opportunities, but highlights O’Hare International Airport as a true global gateway,” added Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Icelandair previously served Chicago back in 1973 until the late-1980s and the return to O’Hare gives the carrier a presence at 15 North American gateways.
Other year-round services include Boston, Denver, Newark, New York-JFK, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
The airline also flies seasonally to Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, Portland and Vancouver.