Iceland's WOW air launches new flights to India

Iceland's WOW air launches new flights to India

Andrew Cummings
May 16, 2018

WOW Air is expanding to Asia, launching routes from nine different US cities to Delhi, India, via Iceland, with fares starting at $199 one-way.

Icelandic budget carrier Wow Air will add India to its network on December 5, operating five flights per week between Reykjavik and India. So passengers travelling to the United States will have a stop over at Reykjavik - acting as a hub for the airline - and then take a Wow flight to the US. The "Wow basic" one-way fare includes all taxes but excludes meals and check-in baggage, said an NDTV report quoting PTI.

Skuli Mogensen, Wow Air's founder and CEO, explained while speaking to NDTV that the cheap flights were available as part of the basic introductory fare and that additional taxes would apply to the price.

It now serves 39 destinations including London, Paris, New York, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco and Chicago.

Mogensen is famous for saying that a day will come when airlines will pay their passengers to fly.

Besides, the airline said that it will offer 4 fare options - WOW basic, WOW plus, WOW comfy and WOW premium. According to available data, about 20,000 Indians travel to North America on a daily basis. As of spring 2018, the airline services 39 destinations across Europe and North America including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

From December 6th, those looking to travel to Delhi will be able to take off from London Gatwick, fly in the opposite direction, and enjoy a short stop-over in Iceland.

Skúli Mogensen, founder, Wow Air, said: "We are delighted to announce our network expansion in to India". "Fares can absorb the rising crude oil prices unless it breaches the United States dollars 100 mark", he told PTI.

Mr Mogensen said he was optimistic about the success of the airline in India. Return flights also start at $199 one-way, meaning you can book a bare bones ticket for $398.

Wow's launch of India operations coincides with efforts of the union and state governments to make air travel more affordable and accessible to all by developing more airports and waiving off taxes, airport charges and other levies and under the regional connectivity scheme.

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