By Pat Loeb and Greg Argos
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You can now fly directly from Philadelphia to Iceland, for the next few months at least.READ MORE: Police: Body Found In Ocean Off New Jersey Identified As Man Missing For 4 Days
On Tuesday, Iceland Air launched seasonal direct flights.
The first direct flight from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavich, arrived at Philadelphia International Airport at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The plane then made its first direct trip back to Iceland, leaving Philadelphia around 8:30 p.m.
“I would have never though Iceland. We always though Caribbean [for our vacations],” said one woman on the inaugural outbound flight.
Icelandair will make the roughly six-hour trip four times a week through the end of September.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: As Halloween Approaches, Remember Not All Dogs Will Enjoy Wearing Costumes
Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery says she thinks it will be popular.
“We know that for a lot of people, Iceland is on their bucket list of places they’d like to see,” she said. “And of course it’s also a great jumping off place to other countries in Europe.”
Mayor Kenney spent part of Memorial Day with Iceland officials promoting Philadelphia as a tourist destination as well.
“You can get on a flight from Philly, fly to Reykjavik, stay for 3-4 up to 7 days and then fly to 25 different cities around Europe,” said the mayor.
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