Airline Travel News: Iceland to Portland, Air Canada, Air China
(Portland, Oregon) – Increased service from Beijing to London, a change in bag check-in's for Air Canada and a new connection between Portland, Oregon and Iceland are in the news this week.
Air China will soon increase its Beijing to London service. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 14:30 and arrives in London at 17:50 local time. The inbound flight departs from London at 20:25 local time and arrives in Beijing at 14:45 Beijing time. The original daily flights CA937/8 are operated as normal - the outbound flight leaves Beijing at 12:30, and the inbound flight departs from London at 17:40.
To meet market demand, starting October 26, 2014, Air China will increase its Beijing - London (Heathrow International Airport) service to two daily flights. The newly added flights will further promote the exchanges between China and the United Kingdom and offer more flight options to travelers to other European cities. They are also scheduled in a way to take into consideration the needs of travelers who depart from Asia-Pacific regions like Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea and connect in Beijing onto flights to Europe.
Air Canada said last week that it has adjusted its first checked bag policy for North American travel to align it with prevailing North American industry practices. The carrier's fee for a first checked bag on U.S. transborder routes, in place since 2011, remains unchanged.
Starting September 18, 2014, customers purchasing Air Canada's lowest Economy Class Tango fare for travel on or after November 2, 2014 on domestic flights within Canada and to and from the Caribbean and Mexico will now be charged $25 for a first checked bag, in line with the baggage allowance policies of other North American carriers. This change is expected to affect an estimated one in five Air Canada passengers on domestic flights within Canada, representing approximately five per cent of the airline's customers system-wide.
At the Portland International Airport in Oregon, look for Icelandair to start flights from PDX to Reykjavik, Iceland on a seasonal basis. It starts May 20, 2015 and continues through October 21, 2015. With this new route, Icelandair now provides flights to its third gateway in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and 14th overall in the United States and Canada.
Service from Portland International Airport (PDX) will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays with departures at 3:40pm, arriving at Icelandair's hub at Keflavik International Airport the following morning at 6:15am, with a total flight time of just over seven hours. Return service departs Keflavik on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15pm, with same-day arrival in Portland at 6:15pm. Additionally, with Icelandair continuing the cooperation with their partner Alaska Airlines, convenient connections to Icelandair's extensive route network are now available via their Portland hub. Cities include Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, as well as gateways in Hawai'i and Alaska, amongst others.