British Airways has begun services to the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. The inaugural flight from Heathrow landed in the icy but cosmopolitan city on Sunday, October 25.Flights using an Airbus A320 now depart Heathrow on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as the BA800, and return as the BA801.

As a new station on the network, Reykjavik has begun operations using the airline’s new check-in and departure control system – FLY – from the outset. It is the third station to go live with the new system which offers an improved interface for users and better service for customers.

Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport, BA’s most northerly destination, is just a three-hour flight from Heathrow and benefits from being in the same time zone as the UK. The world’s most northerly capital city has a long history but has retained the charm of a small town with locals famed for their friendly outlook – despite the cooler climate and long, dark winters.

Peter Rasmussen, Regional Commercial Manager, has been involved in setting up the new route. He said: “Tourists are attracted to Reykjavik for its range of natural and man-made spectacles. From whale watching, the Northern Lights and hot, geothermal springs, to the boutiques of the Laugavegur shopping district and the famous Hallgrimskirkja church which dominates the skyline – there’s something for everyone. We also offer a fantastic connecting services to our Icelandic customers, offering onward travel from our Heathrow hub to both long and short-haul destinations”.

Well known for its vibrant night life, exceptional local food and drinks as well as a flourishing art and creative scene – that’s why BA’s gone to Iceland.