Luca Zocche, Aeronautics Online
Starting April 26th, 2018, Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air will fly from Reykjavik/Keflavik, Iceland to the main New York city airport with the Airbus A321 aircraft. The fares for the new route will be starting at USD $99 one-way to the Icelandic capital and $130 for travelers looking to go to the likes of London, Amsterdam, or Dublin with a quick stopover in Iceland.
To celebrate this announcement, WOW will be discounting certain flights originating from Boston, Pittsburgh, Miami, Newark, Cleveland, and Cincinnati to the European continent. The carrier stated that with this new route being announced, they are “essentially paying passengers to fly to Europe.”
Skuli Mogsen, CEO of WOW Air stated, “New York is an amazing city filled with culture, one-of-a-kind-art, diverse cuisines, and travelers from all over the world. We are excited to offer more East Coast passengers access to high-value and low fares through our new partnership with John F. Kennedy International Airport. WOW air’s young fleet continues to service U.S consumers at a reasonable price to make travel available to even more people.”
In addition to the new announcement to the Big Apples’ main airport, the Nordic carrier will add an additional 6x weekly flights to its Keflavik-Newark service from May 2018, making it the second biggest airline in terms of market share between New York City and Iceland with 20 flights a week in total from May of next year.
Founded in 2011 and commenced operations in 2012 after the demise of Icelandic Express, WOW Air links 38 destinations across 3 continents to Reykjavik. The carrier carried over 1.5 million passengers in 2016 and has had a 130% growth rate since 2015, making it one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.
All images from Aeronautics editor Max Trimm.