3 NOVEMBER 2014
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Two Icelandic carriers will be flying to the United States from Keflavik International Airport next year, the established Icelandair, and a relative newcomer WOW.
The budget carrier began services in 2011 and operates mainly between Reykjavik and short haul European destinations such as London and Copenhagen.
The airline has announced plans to operate from Iceland to both Boston and Baltimore/Washington starting from 2015 with Gatwick connections.
First up is a year-round service to Boston five times a week from 27 March followed by seasonal thrice-weekly flights to the alternative Washington long haul airport from 4 June until 24 October. Both routes will use 200-seat Airbus A321 extended range jets with an all-Economy Class configuration featuring seats with added legroom.
Lead-in fares ex-US start at under US$250 for the round-trip including taxes. It will follow Norwegian with added fees for checked bags, in-flight meals and seat assignment.
"We are proud to set the pace for low-cost transatlantic travel," said WOW founder Skúli Mogensen. "From our first day of operations, my dream has been to connect North America and Europe through Iceland and I am confident we will expand to other cities and build a robust air service across the Atlantic." www.wowair.com
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