Iceland's WOW air launches new flights to India

Iceland's WOW air launches new flights to India

Wow Air founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Skuli Mogensen said at a press conference that the company which picked New Delhi as the first city to start service in Asia is offering a one-way economy class fare from India's capital to destinations like Iceland, US, Canada and London starting from Rs13,499 inclusive of taxes.

The Iceland-based airline, one of the leading players in the burgeoning low cost long haul market, plans to exploit Ireland's favourable geographical location and connect national capital Delhi via its hub in Reykjavik to 14 North American and multiple European destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto. So passengers travelling to the U.S. will have a stop over at Reykjavik - acting as a hub for the airline - and then take a Wow flight to the US. The other two fare options are "Wow plus" and "Wow comfy".

This winter, Wow is scheduled to fly from Reykjavik to the USA cities of Newark, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

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

According to the Wow Air's website, travelling to NY with a couple of hours stop-over at Reykjavik, would take about 20 hours. "Fares can absorb the rising crude oil prices unless it breaches the United States dollars 100 mark", he told PTI.

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According to the low fare transatlantic airline, its India operations will commence from December 7, 2018 with five direct flights a week between New Delhi and Keflavik airport "subject to final completion of regulatory formalities".

Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said in the statement, "I am thrilled to broaden WOW air's offerings and bring low fare global flight service to India".

"Our target segment is a customer for whom it is not acceptable to waste money", Mogensen said.

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. Return flights also start at $199 one-way, meaning you can book a bare bones ticket for $398.

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