Wednesday 17 July 2019

WOW air to suspend Cork-Iceland flights due to low demand

Decision comes "despite extensive marketing"

WOW Air - flying direct from Ireland to Iceland
WOW Air - flying direct from Ireland to Iceland
WOW air crew
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Icelandic budget carrier WOW air is to axe its Cork-Reykjavik service just five months after launch, the airline has confirmed.

The four-times weekly flights, from Cork to Iceland's Keflavík Airport, are to be suspended after the inaugural summer season, the low-cost carrier says.

"We are obviously disappointed at WOW air's decision to suspend services on their Reykjavik service after October 27th due to lower than expected demands, despite extensive marketing in Ireland, Iceland and the US," said Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport.

"We can confirm that a small number of our Cork flights have been cancelled," WOW air said in a statement issued to Independent.ie Travel.

WOW air crew
WOW air crew

"Affected customers have been informed and offered to rebook on another flight from Cork, to rebook on our Dublin services or a full refund.

"Most passengers have rescheduled for another day."

The Reykjavik flights will be suspended "for the winter season" on October 27th, it added, with a decision on summer 2018 to be made "later in the autumn."

WOW's Dublin-Reykjavík service, which operates up to nine times per week, is not affected by the decision and will continue as normal, it says.

Last May, Cork suffered a similar jolt when CityJet pulled flights from the country's second-busiest airport to London City, just eight months after their launch.

The airport is in a stronger position 12 months later, however, having grown passenger numbers by 8pc and added new routes including Zurich with SWISS, Verona with Volotea, Madrid with Iberia Express, Newquay with Aer Lingus Regional and Cork's first ever transatlantic service with Norwegian.

Although disappointing for the airport and its customers, it's not unusual for airlines to add or cancel routes depending on demand.

Aer Lingus axed its Dublin to Porto service before take-off this summer, for instance, while Ryanair recently cut its direct flights from Dublin to Marrakech.

Flight from Cork to Reykjavik currently start from €79.99 each-way.

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