WOW Air: Vancouver is newest North American city; fares start at $98

A WOW Air Airbus A321neo is seen at the 2017 Paris Air Show. (Photo: Airbus)


WOW Air has announced Vancouver, Canada, as its newest destination.

The Icelandic discount carrier, known for offering one-way flights as low as $99 to Europe, will begin flying from the city on June 6. WOW will offer six weekly flights to its hub near Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik on new, 208-seat Airbus A321neo single-aisle jets.

WOW opened ticket sales on the route with one-way fares to Iceland as low as $129 Canadian (about $98 U.S.). WOW’s Vancouver route is currently scheduled through October 2019. It will go head-to-head against competing year-round service offered by rival Icelandair. 

WOW Air’s Vancouver news came just days after CEO and airline founder Skúli Mogensen told USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog that a new North American destination was imminent.

“We are delighted to expand our roster of destinations to include Canada’s west coast,” Mogensen said in a Monday statement. “The new route in Vancouver is a testament to our commitment to pursue growth in North America, as well as connect more Canadian travelers to our growing list of overseas destinations.”

WOW’s expansion to Vancouver also follows that airline’s confirmation that it will end service to three cities in the U.S. Midwest. Flights to Cincinnati and Cleveland will end this month while service from St. Louis will be discontinued in early January.

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