Travelling between Japan and Iceland will, for two months at least, be a whole lot easier.
Vísir reports that Japan Airlines intends to have six flights from Osaka and Tokyo to Keflavík International Airport in August and September. The first flight landed last Thursday, carrying some 220 passengers.
This marks the third year in a row that the airline flies directly to Iceland, in keeping with the increasing number of Japanese tourists visiting Iceland.
According to the Icelandic Tourist Board, 12,363 Japanese passed through Keflavík International Airport in 2013. This marks a doubling of their numbers since 2011.
There are normally no direct flights between Japan and Iceland. Icelanders wishing to visit Japan do so primarily by taking a flight to a Scandinavian country, and from there, a SAS flight to Japan. Similarly, Japanese usually fly from Japan to a country accessed by Icelandair in order to visit Iceland.