via Independent Online (www.independent.ie)
Icelandic budget carrier WOW air has announced flights from Dublin to Detroit, St Louis, Cleveland and Cincinnati for 2018.
The new flights, which involve a short layover at Iceland’s Keflavík Airport, will start from €129.99 each-way (approx £110 based on current exchange rates) including taxes and charges, the airline says.
The price does not include extras such as in-flight drinks and snacks, or 20kg checked bags – which are priced from €47.99 to €81.96 each-way.
All routes will operate flights up to four times a week on Airbus A320 (European legs) and A330 and A321 aircraft (North American legs).
WOW has also announced new flights from London Stansted to Keflavík from next April. Tickets for all routes are available on its website (wowair.ie).
Since launching its first flights from Dublin in 2015, and from Cork Airport this summer, WOW has added connecting routes to 14 North American destinations, including New York, Boston, Toronto, Washington DC, Montreal, Miami, LA, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Chicago.
Despite rapid growth, however, the carrier recently announced plans to axe its Cork routes from October, due to lower than expected demand.
The routes announced today will open up America’s Midwest region across several states, putting a host of new cities on the radar of Irish travellers – though all are, of course, already available as one-stop connections via European cities, or US hubs with carriers like United, American, Delta and Aer Lingus and its partners.
Flights to Detroit will commence on April 25; to Cleveland on May 3, to Cincinnati on May 9 and St Louis on May 17 of 2018.
Passengers can also avail of WOW’s stopover option, which allows them to explore Iceland on either leg of a journey at no extra cost.
“At WOW air, we are committed to our mission of offering our Irish passengers more affordable travel options to North America at the lowest fares,” said Skúli Mogensen, the airline’s CEO and founder.
By the end of 2018, its fleet will consist of 24 brand new aircraft.
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