Northern Ireland

Belfast flights to Iceland postponed until 2012

Flights from Belfast to Iceland which were due to begin this summer have been postponed for a year.

Iceland Express said they will wait until 2012 before launching the route. The planned flight from Belfast to Reykjavik included a stop-over in Edinburgh.

The company said both cities deserved direct flights.

Iceland Express will run a new service from Edinburgh to the Icelandic capital later this year.

Matthias Imsland, Iceland Express CEO said the airline was committed to setting up the route in Belfast, as part of its plans to expand Iceland Express into new markets.

"We are going to launch a direct flight from Edinburgh in summer 2011 with the aim of adding a direct route from Belfast in 2012," he said.

"Disappointed"

"We believe this will provide a better service for all our customers."

A spokesperson for Belfast International Airport said it was "disappointed" that Iceland Express had decided to delay the launch of their Belfast services until 2012.

"However we concur with their view that customers on the Belfast and Edinburgh routes will be much better served by direct service on both routes, when fleet availability permits."

Iceland Express originally announced that it planned to operate the flights to and from Reykjavik in November 2010.

The company had planned a twice-weekly service, going out on Mondays and Fridays.