Due to popular demand, Icelandair’s ‘Buddies’ are back with the launch of the airline’s free Celebration Stopover Buddy service designed to provide a truly personalised service and help passengers make long lasting memories.

The Buddies are all members of the Icelandair team who are not only local experts but also have connections to other locals, offering visitors an additional Buddy boost.

For example, co-pilot Sverrir’s brother is in Icelandic band ‘Of Monsters and Men’ and could arrange an exclusive meet at Iceland Airwaves festival; or flight attendant Hlíf is related to the captain of the women’s national football team and could take football fans to watch her at a local game; meanwhile captain Bjorn is a keen adventurer and could help travellers to plan the ultimate proposal in one of Iceland’s best secret beauty spots.

On a transatlantic stopover, all passengers can request a free Buddy and are matched according to their celebration request. Buddies will also be on hand to act as a host in Iceland and offer their personalised local expertise. The service is available until March 31, 2017 with more information to be found at Icelandair.co.uk/Stopover-Buddy

In other news, two new international flight destinations have been announced for 2017; Philadelphia and Tampa. The two cities are the airline’s 17th and 18th gateways in North America and passengers will have an easy connection from all UK airports that the airline services.

The transatlantic airline will start four weekly direct flights from Reykjavik to Philadelphia on May 30 running until September 20, while Tampa will be a twice weekly all year destination starting from September 7, 2017.

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