(Cleveland) - Wednesday night, the City of Cleveland welcomed the first flight from Icelandair.
It arrived at 7pm to a water cannon salute by the Hopkins Airport Fire Department.
Festivities continued inside the terminal with a presentation, ribbon cutting, cake, and entertainment from Iceland recording artist Lay Low.
Hopkins Airport Director Robert Kennedy says this gives Clevelanders two connections to Europe, with service from Iceland's WOW Airlines beginning earlier.
Icelandair Capt. Inga Gylfdottir says she is proud to pilot the first flight to Cleveland, and is hoping more travelers will explore Iceland on their way to and from the European continent.
Icelandair is the main airline of Iceland, headquartered at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland.
It is part of the Icelandair Group and operates scheduled services to at least 39 cities in 16 countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, out of its hub at Keflavík International Airport.
The geographical position of Iceland is convenient for one-stop transatlantic flights, which are one pillar of the airline's business strategy, along with traffic to and from the country.
(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)
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