Wednesday 7 December 2016

Low-cost airline will fly from Dublin to Florida from €139

Iceland's WOW Factor

Published 09/09/2016 | 15:14

WOW Air - flying direct from Ireland to Iceland
WOW Air - flying direct from Ireland to Iceland
Miami at dusk. Photo: Deposit

Icelandic budget carrier WOW air has announced low-cost fares from Dublin to Miami from €139 each way.

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Its latest transatlantic route will have one stop (a layover in Reykjavik), and will operate three times a week from April 5th, 2017.

Flights from Dublin to Miami will be on Airbus A321 aircraft, while the Reykjavik to Miami legs will be serviced by wide-bodied Airbus A330-300s.

Layovers will be 2 hours and 15 minutes (outbound) and 4.5 hours (return).

Miami International Airport is the eighth North American destination the disruptor airline has connected to Ireland via its Icelandic hub, with one-stop services already in operation to Boston, Washington D.C., Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and LA.

A one-stop service from Dublin to New York will launch this November.

Miami at dusk. Photo: Deposit
Miami at dusk. Photo: Deposit

Miami has been at the centre of Florida's battle against the zika virus in recent weeks, with planes having just completed an aerial spraying campaign.

As of today, there have been 56 local transmissions of the virus.

WOW air began flying direct from Dublin to Iceland in June 2015. It now flies to Reykjavik five times a week, with advertised fares from €69 each-way.

Its baggage fees are among the highest in Europe, however.

Checked 20kg bags cost from €54.99 each-way, whereas Aer Lingus and other carriers flying direct to North America typically offer passengers a free check-in bag.

WOW says it will carry 1.8 million passengers in 2016.

“Having lived in Miami myself, I understand the appeal for many Irish travellers, so I am thrilled to add this global and energetic city to our ever growing list of North-American destinations," said Skúli Mogensen, its founder and CEO.

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