New nonstop flights to Reykjavik, Berlin, Calgary, and Rome coming to IAD in 2023

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is expanding its international and transatlantic offerings with the addition of several new nonstop flights to its schedule this year.

Reykjavik, Iceland

On April 26, low-cost airline Play will begin new nonstop service between Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport (KEF) and IAD. The new flights will operate daily on Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft with 180 seats or greater

Play CEO Birgir Jónsson said, “Adding IAD is an important move for our growth in the region. Washington, D.C., is a key destination for both European tourists and American travelers, and expanding our service with flights from IAD will strengthen Play’s presence while giving passengers convenient and affordable flights.” 

With the launch of this service, Play will become IAD’s only low-cost carrier flying to Europe – offering travelers nonstop access to Reykjavik and easy one-stop connections to over a dozen European destinations served by Play. 

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Berlin, Germany

Previously announced to start in 2022, United will begin new nonstop service between Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) and IAD beginning this year on May 25. It will be the only carrier to offer non-stop flights between these cities.

The service will be offered daily on a Boeing 767-400ER aircraft in a three-class, 240-seat configuration. Flight UA234 will depart IAD at 5:45 p.m. arriving at 8:20 a.m. the following day. The return flight will leave BER at 11:30 a.m. and arrive to IAD at 2:30 p.m.

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Calgary, Canada

On June 2, WestJet Airlines will begin new nonstop service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and IAD. Flights will initially operate three times a week through October 2023. Passengers on this new route will travel aboard a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.    

“Dulles International Airport welcomes WestJet to the Washington, D.C., region with this first-ever service to Calgary,” said Chryssa Westerlund, Airports Authority executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “Calgary will become the 60th international destination from Washington Dulles, and WestJet will be our 40th air carrier. We are thrilled to welcome WestJet to Dulles and to provide customers this new link between Western Canada and Washington.”

Calgary International Airport has a US Customs and Border Patrol Pre-Clearance facility, which enables arriving customers to Dulles to exit as domestic passengers.

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Rome, Italy

Also on June 2, ITA Airways will commence new, nonstop service between Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and IAD. Flights will initially operate five times a week before shifting to daily service on August 1, 2023. Passengers on this new route will travel aboard Airbus A330-neo aircraft.

“Dulles International Airport welcomes ITA Airways to the Washington, D.C., region,” said Westerlund. “With a direct link between the capital cities of the United States and Italy, travelers on both sides of the Atlantic will have more access to family-friendly vacation options, as well as vibrant and thriving business opportunities.”

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Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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