Low-cost airline announces direct flights from Cork to Iceland
Transatlantic connections a bonus
WOW air is to expand its services from Ireland with direct flights between Cork and Reykjavik next year.
The Icelandic budget carrier, which already operates direct flights between Dublin and Iceland, will commence its route from Cork next May.
WOW air will operate four scheduled flights a week between the cities, using narrowbody A320/A321 aircraft, from May 19.
One-way fares will start from €59.99 each way, the airline said.
The new route will also link passengers with WOW air's eight North American destinations via onward connections from Reykjavik.
Fares to US and Canadian destinations including New York, Boston, San Francisco, LA, Miami and Toronto will start from €149 each-way.
Stopovers in Reykjavik last an average of around two hours.
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome WOW air to Cork as our latest airline partner," said Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport.
"The new service is fantastic news for outbound and inbound visitors, especially as it will offer very affordable transatlantic travel between here, the US and Canada."
"As a significant business and leisure hub in Ireland, we have ambitious targets for our Cork services and we look forward to working with Niall and his team to develop these exciting new routes," added Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air.
"This new WOW air route will see an extra 66,000 seats available from Cork Airport next year," said Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA, welcoming the service.
The route is also expected to boost inbound tourism.
“Not only will it help grow visitor numbers from Iceland, but this new service will also offer connectivity between North America and Cork," said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, welcoming the new flights.
The announcement is a major coup for Cork Airport, which has seen passenger numbers grow by some 8pc in the first six months of 2016.
WOW is one of a number of new, nimble 'ultra-low-cost' airlines disrupting the industry, although its baggage fees are among the highest in Europe.
Checked 20kg bags cost from €31.99 for short flights, and from €54.99 each-way for connecting flights between Europe and North America.
Another low-cost airline, Norwegian, has booked transatlantic slots from Cork, but the delivery of its proposed direct routes to Boston and New York has been held up due to opposition from aviation unions and other interests in the US.
Cork-Reykjavik flights are now available for booking on wowair.ie.