Wow Air, Iceland’s low-cost airline, has added Cork Airport to its route network with flights to Iceland, the USA and Canada beginning summer 2017. Wow Air will operate direct scheduled flights to Reykjavik, Iceland, from Cork Airport four times a week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – with the inaugural flight on 19th May 2017.
The new service to Iceland will allow Irish passengers connect to Wow Air’s transatlantic services in Reykjavik, with flights to major US and Canadian cities of New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Montreal and Toronto. The Cork routes will be serviced by A320/A321 aircraft.
With a short two-hour stopover in Reykjavik, fares to the USA and Canada from Cork are as low €149 one way including taxes and charges. Flights are now available for booking.
Wow Air became the first airline to offer direct scheduled flights from Ireland to Iceland in 2014 and last year became the first low-cost airline to offer transatlantic services from Dublin.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to add Cork Airport to the Wow Air route network. We are keen to expand our services from Ireland and are delighted to offer further choice and value in travel through our expansion in Cork. As a significant business and leisure hub in Ireland, we have ambitious targets for our Cork services and we look forward to working with Niall and the team in Cork Airport to develop these exciting new routes.”
Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Wow Air to Cork as our latest airline partner. The new service is fantastic news for outbound and inbound visitors, especially as it will offer very affordable transatlantic travel here, the USA and Canada.
“Iceland itself is a stunning country that has become a hugely popular destination in recent years. It is a country, not unlike our own, that is regarded for its culture, beautiful landscapes and friendly welcomes.”
Niall believes the real potential is the access to low-cost transatlantic travel: “Since they entered the market in 2011, Wow Air has been providing very affordable air fares to popular destinations across the USA and Canada. With the cost of a return ticket at just over €300, it now means that US travel is even more affordable and I expect seats to be snapped up.”
The airline recently announced its expansion to Miami following the launch of transatlantic services from Dublin, via Reykjavik, to Boston, Washington DC, Montréal and Toronto in 2015, and to Los Angeles and San Francisco in January 2016, with the addition of the New York service to begin next month.
“Our Dublin service to Iceland and the USA, through Reykjavik, have been very popular for the Irish, with passenger numbers growing year-on-year,” added Skúli. “We look forward to similar growth from our Cork service.”
Founded in November 2011 by Icelandic entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, Wow Air now connects 32 destinations across Europe and the USA with the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Wow Air’s annual passenger capacity will more than double in 2016 to over 1.8 million, up from approximately 840,000 in 2015.
For more information on flights to Iceland and North America please visit . Flights are available for booking from today, Wednesday 26th October 2016.