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Anchorage Welcomes New Icelandair Service for Summer 2013

Anchorage, Alaska – Aug. 24, 2012 – Icelandair will begin nonstop service between Reykjavik, Iceland and Anchorage, Alaska in summer 2013. With twice weekly flights between May and September, the announcement means Anchorage will have additional connections to continental Europe and the United Kingdom as well.

“We are excited about this new link to Europe and look forward to welcoming more international visitors,” said Julie Saupe, President and CEO of Visit Anchorage. “We’re going to show them the natural beauty, wildlife and cultures that make Alaska so special.”

Through their hub at Keflavik International Airport, Icelandair currently flies to 21 cities in 14 European countries including Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Anchorage is the 10th North American city served through Keflavik by Icelandair. The airline is an existing code share partner with both Alaska Airlines and JetBlue. Alaska Airlines mileage plan members and Icelandair Saga Club members can earn and redeem miles on this new flight. The inaugural flight is scheduled for May 15, 2013.

“There’s a phenomenal amount of work that goes into attracting new service, and we have fantastic partners here in Alaska,” said Saupe. “Now we’re moving into the next phase: building more interest in Alaska overseas, filling those new seats and bringing more business to Anchorage.”

Visit Anchorage’s mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. Visit Anchorage’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. Visit Anchorage receives no state or federal funds. Visit www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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