Edinburgh is to become WOW air’s third UK departure point, and the first in Scotland, for flights to Iceland and North America, beginning July 13, 2016.
Flights will depart Edinburgh International Airport for the airline’s hub in Reykjavik twice a week between July and October. Onward travelling passengers will have a short stopover before continuing on to one of the airline’s North American destinations: Boston, Washington D.C., Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said:
“We’re very pleased to announce Edinburgh as our third UK departure point given the success we’ve seen with advance bookings on the recently announced Bristol route and of course our original route from London. We know that Scottish travellers are an intrepid sort, keen to explore unique and mountainous landscapes so we hope to open up Iceland to many more Scots with our service. With our ultra-low-cost £125 fares to North America this summer, the choice for Scottish holidaymakers just widened.”
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said:
“Iceland is an increasingly popular destination for Scottish holidaymakers and this new route also increases choice of flying between Scotland and the United States. WOW air are a very welcome new airline to Edinburgh Airport; they have rightly recognised the increasing demand for connectivity to and from Scotland. This news further bolsters Edinburgh Airport’s position as the leader for business and tourism connectivity between Scotland and international destinations.”
Edinburgh becomes the airline’s 29th destination following the announcement of Canadian and Californian routes in October and November 2015 respectively. Launched in November 2011, WOW air’s annual passenger capacity will more than double in 2016 to over 1.9 million, up from approximately 840,000 in 2015.
A320 aircraft will operate the Edinburgh to Reykjavik flight with single-class A321 and A330-300 aircraft operating the routes between Iceland and North America.