THERE has been a widespread welcome for the news that Cork Airport has secured flights to Reykjavik in Iceland, and onwards to the US, from next May.
The airport made the announcement this week, as the row over the delayed licence for Cork-US flights by Norwegian Air raged on.
Although passengers from Cork can connect to US flights via Heathrow, the Wow air deal means flights to the US, via Reykjavik start from €149 each way.
Destinations from Iceland include Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.
Wow air’s one-way air fares to Reykjavik will start at €59.99, bringing the much-lauded ‘land of ice and fire’ within easy reach.
The new service will begin on May 19th with four weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during summer 2017, reducing to three times a week for winter.
This will mean an additional 66,000 seats available from Cork Airport next year. ‘We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Wow air to Cork as our latest airline partner,’ said Cork Airport managing director Niall MacCarthy.
However, MacCarthy believes the real potential for the new service is the access to low cost transatlantic travel in both directions.
‘Since it entered the market in 2011, Wow air has been providing very affordable air fares to popular destinations across the US and Canada. With the cost of a return ticket at just over €300, it now means that US travel is even more affordable and we expect there to be significant demand on both sides of the Atlantic.’
WOW air’s chief executive Skúli Mogensen said the airline was delighted to announce its new service from Cork. ‘We’re keen to expand our services from Ireland and we have ambitious targets for our Cork services,’ he said.
Through the airline’s Wow Stopover packages, travellers have the option of enjoying a break in the northern European country – famed for its Northern Lights tours – when flying across the Atlantic.