WOW air’s first route was to Paris CDG was celebrated at Keflavik Airport in Iceland with an Eiffel tower cake. Cutting the cake celebrating the new low-cost airline’s first route were Hlynur Sigurdsson, Keflavik International Airport’s Director Terminal Operation; Skuli Mogensen, owner, WOW air; and Baldur Baldursson, CEO of WOW air. Mogensen and Baldursson were then joined by Bjorn Oli Hauksson, CEO of Isavia, in cutting the Icelandic ribbon.
- The relatively small Icelandic market has now spawned its second low-cost carrier with the launch on Thursday 31 May of flights by WOW air from Reykjavik (KEF). A total of 13 routes will be launched in the first two weeks of operation using two 168-seat A320s (leased from Avion Express of Lithuania) but four have made it into the period of analysis for this week. The very first flight was to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), a route already served twice-daily by Icelandair, while Transavia.com links Paris Orly and Iceland with a further two weekly flights. The remaining three routes are to Copenhagen (CPH), Krakow (KRK) and London Stansted (STN). Copenhagen will be served with four weekly flights, London with three and Krakow with one. Iceland Express serves both Copenhagen and London Stansted, while Icelandair serves the Danish capital airport and London Heathrow. Iceland Express previously operated flights to Krakow. easyJet recently launched flights from London Luton to Keflavik, while Iceland Express also operates daily to London Gatwick.