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Published on : Monday, January 18, 2016
WOW air, the ultra-low-cost transatlantic airline from Iceland, has announced fares from Los Angeles to Iceland for as low as $99 for flights including taxes. Travelers also have the option to continue their trip to WOW air´s 21 European destinations including London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Flights to the other European locations start as low as $199 one-way including taxes with a short one hour stopover in Iceland. Tickets on the select routes go on sale today, January 12, 2016.
WOW air will begin flying to the U.S. West Coast this summer with its inaugural flight between Reykjavik and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on June 15.The airline will operate in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, offering departures four days a week with connecting flights to other European destinations.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: “ This is a game changer for WOW air, and arguably the travel industry, making travel to Iceland and other European countries both easy and affordable from California. We are thrilled to add Los Angeles to our fast growing network. With the addition of our new long-range A330-300 aircraft to our fleet, we will be able to offer fares from Europe to the West Coast of the United States far cheaper than our competitors whilst maintaining great service with a smile, as we did with our routes to Boston, Baltimore/Washington D.C., Toronto and Montreal. I look forward to welcoming Californians to Iceland and Europe with our super low fares to Europe.”
Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Deborah Flint said, “We are honored WOW air chose LAX as part of its expansion into the U.S. market. Angelenos will benefit from having low-cost nonstop flights to Reykjavik – a new destination for LAX — and more options to the major cities of Europe.”
WOW air’s expansion to California, which also includes San Francisco, follows the airline’s launch of transatlantic services from 21 European destinations to Boston and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. in early 2015 and the announcement that the airline would begin flying to Montreal and Toronto in May 2016, all via Iceland and with fares as low as $99. The existing U.S. services now operate year-round and maintains consistent carrier loads of 90+ percent.
Launched in November 2011, WOW air now connects 27 destinations across the U.S. and Europe with the Icelandic capital. WOW air’s annual passenger capacity is expected to more than double in 2016 to over 1.8 million, up from approximately 840,000 in 2015.
The California routes will be serviced by three new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the first wide-body planes in the WOW air fleet, which will each carry 340 passengers in a single-class configuration. Seat pitch will vary from 30 inches as standard to 34 inches at an additional charge.