Thursday 26 May 2016

WOW air launches 'game-changer' flights from Dublin to US West Coast from €199pp

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Published 12/01/2016 | 14:43

WOW AIr - flying direct from Ireland to Iceland
WOW AIr - flying direct from Ireland to Iceland

Icelandic carrier WOW air has unveiled the lead-in fares for its forthcoming routes from Dublin to San Francisco and LA.

The transatlantic routes will operate via Reykjavik, where a one hour and 20-minute stopover will lead to an estimated total journey time of 13.5 hours.

One-way fares are now available from €199pp, it says.

WOW already flies direct from Dublin to Reykjavik. The Reykjavik to LA and San Francisco routes begin on June 9 and June 15 respectively.

"This is a game-changer for WOW air, and arguably the travel industry, making travel to the US and Iceland both easy and affordable from Ireland," said Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of the low-cost airline.

On the face of it, WOW's lead-in rates are considerably cheaper than the €329 each-way fares quoted by Aer Lingus ahead of its new service to LA, set to launch this May.

The new Aer Lingus route is a direct service, however.

Ethiopian Airlines also flies direct from Dublin to LA, with return fares quoted on its website (ethiopianairlines.com) from €495 as we publish.

Furthermore, while Aer Lingus and Ethiopian offer 23kg checked bags as part of their direct service, WOW allows just one cabin bag of less than 5kg for free.

It charges from €31 to €38 per leg for checked bags of 12-20kg, depending on flight length, leading to a potential cost of €138 for a single checked bag for a four-leg return trip from Dublin to either LA or San Francisco.

Fees for bags weighing 7-12kg range from €15-€31 per flight.

Baggage fees are, of course, optional charges.

WOW became the first airline to operate direct scheduled flights from Dublin to Iceland when it launched its Reykjavik service last June.

It currently offers Dublin-Reykjavik from €95 each-way, and plans to increase the twice-weekly service to three flights weekly in February.

Passenger numbers will double to over 1.8 million this year, WOW says.

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