Seen celebrating the arrival of WOW air to Bristol along with the inaugural crew are: David James, CEO of Visit Bath; Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism, Destination Bristol; Shaun Browne, Aviation Director, Bristol Airport; and Pete Downes, Head of Aviation Development, Bristol Airport. On arrival passengers were handed goodie bags showcasing the best of the UK West Country. Also on hand at the UK airport to welcome the inaugural flight were Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Jane Austen, both of which originate from the area. Services from Reykjavik/Keflavik will be operated thrice-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with WOW air facing easyJet as an incumbent.
Toronto Pearson welcomed the arrival of WOW air’s first service from Reykjavik/Keflavik on 11 May with traditional route launch cake. Cutting the cake at Pearson along with one of WOW air’s crew members is Darryl Horzelenberg, Manager of Route Development, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Services from Iceland will be operated five times weekly in direct competition with Icelandair.
- WOW air launched services to its second destinations in Canada and the UK this week, with the LCC kick-starting proceedings with the inauguration of flights between Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) on 11 May. The 4,168-kilometre sector will be served by the LCC five times weekly on its A321 fleet, facing stiff compeition from Icelandair’s 11 times weekly service. Pearson becomes the second Canadian destination to be served by WOW air, with the airline inaugurating flights to the nation last week with a service to Montreal. The second city pair that has been launched this week is between Reykjavik/Keflavik and Bristol (BRS), a 1,817-kilometre sector which commenced on 13 May. Commenting on the launch from the UK airport, Robert Sinclair, CEO of Bristol Airport, stated: “We are thrilled to welcome the first WOW air flight from Reykjavik/Keflavik to Bristol. The airline not only provides direct flights to Iceland but also affordable onward connections via the world-class hub of Reykjavik/Keflavik to North America. The response from customers in the region since WOW air’s flights first went on sale has been fantastic, highlighting the growing demand for travel to the US, Canada, and of course the breath-taking landscapes, natural wonders and unique charm of Iceland.” Services on the route will be flown thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) on the carrier’s A320 fleet. Direct compeition from Bristol is provided by easyJet, which offers a twice-weekly service. Bristol becomes the second UK destination for WOW air, with the airline already operating to London Gatwick, while services to Edinburgh will be inaugurated in July. See how Pearson Airport’ FTWA compares to others from around the world.