Flights from Glasgow to Reykjavik are being increased by Icelandair as the carrier marks its 70th anniversary of flying to Scotland.

Frequency will rise from five to six flights a week with the addition of a Saturday morning departure from March 2016, increasing the number of available seats by 14,000 a year.

The additional flight will depart on Saturday mornings from March 19.

The extra flight will help connections to 16 destinations the airline serves North America, including Boston, New York, Washington, Toronto and now Chicago and Montreal.

Glasgow airport commercial director, Francois Bourienne, said: “Icelandair has clearly demonstrated its confidence in the Scottish market by adding significant new capacity for the past three years and today’s announcement builds on that once again.

“We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the airline and to seeing more growth in years to come. ”

The airline initiated the first scheduled passenger flights in post war Europe when a Catalina boat plane flew from Reykjavik to Largs Bay, Scotland in 1945, carrying four crew and four passengers. Three years later, a Skymaster aircraft made the airline’s first transatlantic flight to New York in August 1948.

Icelandair UK general manager, Andres Jonsson, said: “It is delightful, that at the same time we are celebrating 70 years of our prosperous relationship with Scotland, we can announce the increase of an extra weekly flight from Glasgow.

“Demand from our longest serving international gateway is strong and we look forward to offering more options of flying to Iceland and connecting into our network to US and Canada.”