Monday, 22 October, 2018

Wow: Iceland airline to offer Delhi-New York fares from just Rs13,499

Delhi is regarded as one of the most full-on travel experiences on the planet Delhi is regarded as one of the most full-on travel experiences on the planet Credit Getty
Russell Knight | 16 May, 2018, 09:53

The airline says fares will start from as little as £149 one way including taxes, or from £499 one-way including taxes for premium.

The airline will have 5 direct flights a week between New Delhi and Keflavik airport in Iceland that will connect to multiple destinations in North America and Europe.

"The India-US nonstop takes the polar route that overflies Iceland". The "Wow basic" one-way fare includes all taxes but excludes meals and check-in baggage, said an NDTV report quoting PTI.

Founder and CEO of Wow Air, Skuli Mogensen at a press conference to announce the launch of the airlines' India operations, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Service to Delhi will be available from nine USA cities - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI), Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL).

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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. According to statistics, there are, currently, there are 20,000 people who travel between India and North America every day.

Further, he said the "fares can absorb the rising crude oil prices unless it breaches the $100 mark".

From December 6th, those looking to travel to Delhi will be able to take off from London Gatwick, fly in the opposite direction, and enjoy a short stop-over in Iceland. In recent years the cross Atlantic stop-over flights have been the major driver of growth for WOW air.

Wow's launch of India operations coincides with efforts of the union and state governments to make air travel more affordable and accessible to all by developing more airports and waiving off taxes, airport charges and other levies and under the regional connectivity scheme.

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