Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air is continuing its North American growth with new flight services from Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport (KEF) to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Cleveland Hopkins international Airport (CLE), Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG), and St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). The addition of these route will increase the number of WOW destinations in the US Midwest to five.

“We are very excited to bring our flight services to four new Midwest destinations,”said Skúli Mogensen, Founder and CEO of WOW Air. “We are proud of our growth over the last two years and will continue to work tirelessly to provide the lowest fares possible to each region of the US, helping to make international travel truly a possibility for everyone.”

“Connecting the Tri-State community with additional nonstop international destinations has been a priority for CVG,” said Candace McGraw, CEO of CVG. “WOW Air is one of the fastest growing, low-cost transatlantic carriers. With this new service, local travelers will not only have the benefit of nonstop travel to Iceland, but one-stop, low-cost service to more than 20 destinations across Europe, Israel, and the Canary Islands. We’re thrilled to be one of WOW’s newest US markets, and look forward to growing their service from CVG.”

WOW will start flights in the spring of 2018. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 23 (today). One-way fares start at $99.99 each way from all four cities. Connecting flights to WOW’s European network start at $149.99, with destinations like Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, and Paris.

“Our unique opportunity is to use Iceland as a hub. We can then distribute the traffic to our main destinations in Europe. Instead of having a single point-to-point flight, we actually give you a very affordable flight to multiple destinations in Europe,” said Mogensen. “With those kind of prices, we have seen in other markets that we enter that we have stimulated the market significantly. We think [the midwest] is under-served.”

WOW will service the routes with its fleet of Airbus A321 aircraft.

A WOW A321 landing at East Midlands.
Photo Source: YouTube / Owen J. Gunn Vieography

From Cleveland, Cincinnati, and St Louis, WOW will be one of the only carriers offering trans-Atlantic service. In Cleveland, the LCC will face competition from national rival Icelandair, which also just announced its own Cleveland-Reykjavik service. In Cincinnati, only Delta offers a flight to Europe; the American carrier flies between CVG and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Flights to Detroit will begin on April 25, 2018. Flights to Cleveland will start on May 3, 2018. Cincinnati will get its first flight on May 9, 2018, and St Louis will get its first on May 12, 2018. All routes will operate four times power week.

“Our new US destinations will give our passengers even more ways to explore the cities and landscapes of America’s rich and diverse Midwest region,” said Mogensen.

WOW has announced other destinations to the American Midwest this year. WOW flew to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) earlier this year, and announced service to Pittsburgh. In total, WOW flies to fourteen (14) destinations in North America, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Baltimore, and Newark.

Look for an article on Icelandair’s new route to Cleveland later today.

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