WOW air to introduce direct flights between Iceland and India in December

Skúli Mogensen The CEO and owner of WOW air has big plans for the future

Iceland's low-priced carrier WOW Air announced on Tuesday it would start flights from December 7 connecting New Delhi to the island country's capital city of Reykjavik and onwards to Canada, U.S. and London at fares starting from ₹13,499.

As of spring 2018, the airline services 39 destinations across Europe and North America including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

The Icelandic airline's move comes at a time when Indian budget carriers IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, and SpiceJet have said they are drawing up plans to launch low cost long haul flights, including to Europe and the United States.

"The India-US nonstop takes the polar route that overflies Iceland".

Fares start from as little as £149 one way including taxes might make it possible.

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And for those travelers who want a relative deal but don't want to sacrifice comfort, WOW Air is also introducing a premium seating option, with more legroom, priority boarding, in-flight dining, and up to two checked bags. It would be flying an Airbus A330 Neo to India and operate five days a week.

The website showed the basic fare at Rs 24,999 for a ticket on December 7 and Rs 54,499 in the premium segment, reflecting the increased demand since the announcement by the airline. "We will always be 30-50% cheaper than fares on other airlines on the routes we fly on", Mogensen said. "Fares can absorb the rising crude oil prices unless it breaches the Dollars 100 mark", he told PTI.

The airline on its website has claimed that travelling to NY with a couple of hours stop-over at Reykjavik would take about 20 hours.

According to the Wow Air's website, travelling to NY with a couple of hours stop-over at Reykjavik, would take about 20 hours. Last year, however, WOW purchased new Airbus A330neo wide body jetliners (sometimes called "jumbo jets") which can fly to destinations in Asia. WOW will be the fastest and cheapest one-stop flight between India and North America. Besides, 80 per cent of them travel with a stop over, he said. "It is an opportunity to change the game", Mogensen said.

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