WOW air, Iceland’s low-cost transatlantic airline, will begin landing in the Windy City July 2017, with the inaugural flight from O’Hare International Airport on July 13, 2016.
Chicagoans will have access to low-fare travel to Iceland, and WOW air’s other European destinations, as of this summer.
Service from Chicago to Keflavik will be available four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“The addition of Chicago to WOW air’s growing list of destinations is part of our ongoing strategy to deliver even greater flexibility and convenience to our passengers, with more connections from North America to Europe via our Iceland hub,” said Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air.
“We’re excited to partner with O’Hare International Airport, the third busiest airport in the United States, to bring our promise of affordable transatlantic travel to the Midwest.”
WOW air’s expansion to Chicago builds upon the successful launch of transatlantic services to Miami, Pittsburgh, New York, Washington D.C, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and Californian destinations Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“This announcement is great news for the City of Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. I want to thank WOW air for choosing Chicago as its first central destination in the United States,” said Ginger S. Evans, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. “This new service is estimated to generate approximately $80 million in annual economic impact for the Chicago region, and will boost tourism and business for both the cities of Chicago and Reykjavik.”
The new O’Hare route will be serviced by the Airbus A321-300 aircrafts, acclaimed for their wider cabin, low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency. Seat pitch will vary from 30 inches as standard to 34 inches at an additional charge.