The first flight from Philadelphia to Iceland was not a smooth one.
That Icelandair flight bound for Reykjavik with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on board had to be diverted to Boston for an unknown reason.
A website to track commercial flights, shows the plane was diverted at around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and landed in Boston at about 12:30, and Wednesday.
Neither airport officials in Philadelphia nor Boston responded to requests for comment.
We are proud to have launched our 18th North American gateway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The City of Brotherly Love! https://t.co/c5hJTI91Iv pic.twitter.com/fpOsDfdCR9
— Icelandair (@Icelandair) 30 May 2017
Mayor Kenney’s spokesperson Lauren Hitt put out this statement:
“The mayor is it to get off of the plane, along with the rest of the delegation and spending the night in Boston … in Addition, PHL Airport regrets the considerable inconvenience this has caused that all the people on board. We and Icelandair are determined to do what we can to make sure future travelers will have a smooth travel experience on this new route. This is of course very out of the ordinary.”
Icelandair flies an apology for the “discomfort” in response to a journalist aboard the flight.
Kenney, the spokeswoman says that it is tradition for mayors to visit each other cities such as new international routes will be adopted.
The airline is set to fly four flights to Reykjavik every week through the fall.
During his time in the City of Brotherly Love, Reykjavik Mayor Dagur Eggertsson for two days exploring the sights.
.@PhillyMayor Jim Kenney (center) with @Icelandair CEO Birkir Holm Guonason and Reykjavik Mayor Dagur Eggertsson on historic Phila city Hall pic.twitter.com/UYJYcyPXN9
— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) 29 May 2017
He had said that his city is becoming a major hub for stop over for travellers on their way to Europe.
Kenney was scheduled to return Saturday.
More from FOX 29.