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Icelandair makes Quincy a base

By Chris Reidy
Globe Staff / August 20, 2009

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Icelandair, the national carrier of Iceland, has relocated its North American corporate headquarters from Columbia, Md., to Quincy.

The airline operates 11 flights a week from Logan International Airport, but relocation of the corporate office will have no immediate effect on Icelandair’s Boston flight schedule, an airline spokesman said.

The move from Maryland followed the airline’s decision to stop service about 18 months ago from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, said the spokesman.

The Quincy office has a staff of 17, according to the spokesman.

“Icelandair is pleased to be moving closer to Icelandair’s gateway in Boston,’’ Thorsteinn Egilsson, the airline’s Americas general manager, said in a statement.

“Our presence here will allow us to be more active in the community as well as being involved with local events and initiatives.’’