Winter is coming to London City Airport as a British Airways 'Plane of Thrones' takes off for the mystical land of ‘Winterfell’.
Known in more modern, and real life, times as Iceland, this is the first time its capital city Reykjavik has had a direct air link from the heart of London.
Reykjavik is one of three new routes to European capital cities being launched by British Airways from London City this winter. Alongside three flights a day to Paris Orly Airport in France and six flights a week to Prague in the Czech Republic, the airline now serves a record 32 destinations from the Docklands.
To celebrate the launch of new twice-a-week flights to the location of some of the winter scenes in the Game of Thrones series yesterday (October 29), British Airways decided to bring a familiar face from the programme to London City.
Model Rob Dean took on the character of King of the North Jon Snow, whose home is in Winterfell, to promote the first ever flight from the airport to Iceland.
Ever since it was first featured in season two, the ‘Game of Thrones effect’ has led to a huge growth in annual visitors to the North Atlantic island, now well over a million every year.
Some of the famous series locations include Arrowhead Mountain, which is actually called Kirkjufell, the areas where the Night's Watch men were attacked by the White Walkers. Thingvellir and Gullfoss waterfall.
Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial at London City, said: “This is the first time there has been a direct air link between London City and Reykjavik and as one of the fastest growing tourist hotspots it’s a destination our customers really want to travel to. Even if they are not devout fans of Game of Thrones, Iceland has so much to offer visitors from diverse landscapes to the Northern lights.
“We are also delighted to launch Prague and Orly for the first time, offering a direct link to two important European capital cities for both business and leisure customers.”
Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport said: “British Airways at London City Airport has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, and the addition of three new routes for winter shows just how strong our partnership is. Services to Paris, Prague and Reykjavik will really enhance the LCY network for business and leisure passengers, and all while offering the speed, convenience and excellent customer experience that London City is known for.”
Flights operate on modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Eurotraveller cabins and two-abreast seating so that every customer can have either a window or aisle seat.
Each way fares to Reykjavic from £58, Orly from £54 and Prague from £70 and available to book now on www.ba.com/londoncity