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Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW air will commence one-stop services from Dublin and Cork to Chicago this summer.
The new routes, with a short stopover in Reykjavik, start on July 13.
Going to press, basic fares for September and October are available from €139 each way, rising to €259.99 each-way in the peak summer months.
WOW flies from Dublin to Reykjavik five times weekly, and is set to commence a three-times weekly service from Cork this May 19.
The airline already offers several connecting routes via the Icelandic capital, including New York, Boston, Toronto, LA, San Francisco, Miami and Pittsburgh.
Total journey time to Chicago's O'Hare will be around 11 hours, WOW says.
€139 is a considerably cheaper lead-in price than that offered by Aer Lingus, which currently has flights from Dublin to Chicago on sale from €259 each way.
Aer Lingus offers a direct flight, 23kg checked bag allowance, meals, snacks and in-flight entertainment, however. WOW's basic transatlantic fares do not include these, with extras limited to one free personal cabin item of 10kg (42cm x 32cm x 25cm).
WOW's checked bag fees are among the most expensive in the industry, with 12kg carry-on bags starting from €41.99 each way on connecting flights between Europe and North America, and 20kg checked bags priced from €57.99 each way.
WOW Plus and WOW Biz fares - two of three new tiered pricing options launching this June - have higher baggage allowances, but also higher fares.
The service is the latest in a wave of low-cost transatlantic services opening up to Irish passengers. This July, Norwegian is also set to start flying from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast to regional airports in New York and Boston.
Last week, American Airlines also confirmed the return of its seasonal flights from Ireland to the US, including a direct Dublin/Chicago flight from May 6.