Wednesday, March 27, 2019
More than a week ago I wrote an entry which detailed my misgivings about my planned stopover in Iceland this summer... a couple of days which, due to the flight schedule, would surely be exhausting. Well, it looks as if a frantic, jet-lagged, sleepless stay in Iceland is not in my future.
Today a friend emailed me with some news that I had not heard. Icelandair is cancelling their direct flights from Cleveland. First I went to the airline's website, and it still showed that I was on the direct flight, but apparently the website has not yet been updated. I did some Googling and found several articles from Cleveland news sources saying that, yes, indeed, Icelandair was no longer flying out of Cleveland. The reason given was that a portion of their fleet, including the planes used on the Cleveland run, consists of the grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. It may have been, however, an excuse to cut an underperforming route.
People who already have reservations will be rescheduled to connect with flights leaving from Boston... OR... refunds will be offered. If that is the case, I am going to opt for the refund. The main reason I included Iceland in my itinerary is because of the direct flight. So, once I have official word, I will cancel my reservation and instead head straight (with a layover) to Switzerland on United or Swiss Airline.
Iceland is supposed to be beautiful, but that chilly, rainy, expensive country with hordes of tourists is sounding less and less appealing.