Wow Air links Iceland to Asia for the very first time

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WOW air has expanded its network from Keflavik Airport by launching the Icelandic hub’s first non-stop flight to Asia, with the airline offering services to Delhi (India).

Launched yesterday, the service will operate three times weekly using 345-seat Airbus A330-300s, with the route not only offering the first direct flight to Asia, but also provides the only low-cost option for passengers travelling between India and North America via a seamless transfer at Keflavik.

Cash-strapped Wow has this week been in discussions with Indigo Partners about the initial steps for investment in the Icelandic LCC, which needs an injection of funds.

The airport’s operator is Isavia and commercial director, Hlynur Sigurdsson said: “To date, Keflavik Airport has only had direct flights to Europe and North America.

“With 27% of international visitors to Iceland coming from destinations outside of these regions, and with this market having grown by 11% during the first nine months of 2018, it is great to see WOW air expanding Keflavik’s global reach with non-stop flights to Delhi.”

Sigurdsson added: “We also understand that these flights not only bring a direct connection to Asia, but we know too of the important cultural and strong relations between India and North America.

“With this being the only low-cost option for passengers between these two global regions, we are happy to support WOW air in offering a new travel option to the six million passengers that fly between the two regions each year.”

The addition of Delhi to Keflavik’s network tops what has been another record-breaking year for the European hub. Just under 10 million passengers having passed through Keflavik Airport this year, making 2018 the ninth consecutive year of double-digit passenger growth, with traffic having grown by 12 per cent versus 2017.

Wow is also set to start a three times weekly service from Keflavik to Orlando on 18 December and a six times weekly service next year to Vancouver, on 6 June 2019.