WOW air has
announced that it will begin service toEurope viaIcelandfromTorontoand Montréal beginning May 2016. The carrier is attracting attention with fares
starting from $99 one-way including taxes, which it says will make it the
cheapest connection between Canada and Europe.
After spending as little as an hour
fares starting from$149one
way, including taxes, will take Canadian travellers to European destinations
including London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen,AmsterdamandDublin.
Service from YUL will begin 12MAYand YYZservices will kick off 20MAY. Both
routes are scheduled to operate year-round, with departures on Monday,
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
"WOW air prides itself on
offering the lowest fares possible as well as the biggest smile and the
friendliest service. When we announced our U.S. routes last year, we promised
that it was just the beginning of our growth intoNorth
Skúli Mogensen, sole owner and CEO of WOW air. "I'm thrilled to now
announce our new routes toCanada,
especially as I lived in Montréal for nearly a decade and also because the
Icelandic people feel a special affinity for Canada."
The airline says its entry into the
Canadian market is expected to create an estimated 100 jobs in the travel
sector and represents an investment of $60 million.
Originally launched inNovember 2011,
WOW air now connects travellers from 20 destinations across the U.S. andEuropewith the Icelandic capital. Total
pax numbers for June toAugust 2015were
up 45% on the previous year to 295,000. The airline says its load factor across
all services averaged 95% in July.
WOW air's expansion into the
Canadian market follows the launch of transatlantic services fromBOSandWashington,
DCin early 2015. WOW says those
services now operate with consistent carrier loads of over 90%.
"We have just had our best
summer ever and, with these new routes launching inMay 2016,
next summer is another chance to break records. These great Canadian cities
will become our newest destinations but I look forward to announcing even more
in the not-too-distant future!" said Mogensen.
The flights betweenReykjavikandCanadawill be operated using new Airbus
A321 Extended Range aircraft. The airline's Airbus A320 family aircraft will
carry pax between Reykjavikand other European destinations.
Tickets go on sale today.