WOW Air commences flight service from Reykjavik to Bristol

WOW Air has commenced its Reykjavik-Bristol route, with the first flight from Reykjavik to Brsitol launched on May 13, 2016.

The route will be operated three times a week all year round. With the new service, WOW air becomes the second airline to link Bristol to Iceland with a direct service, after British airline EasyJet.

Skuli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: ‘Today is a momentous day for us at WOW air as we launch our Bristol service, our second route between Iceland and the UK. This is a reflection of our continued growth in Britain and our mission to offer greater travel possibilities on either side of the Atlantic. We’re delighted to be bringing ultra low-cost travel to Iceland and beyond to the South West of England and we look forward to welcoming travellers from the region onboard.’

Robert Sinclair, Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome the first WOW air flight from Reykjavik to Bristol Airport. The airline not only provides direct flights to Iceland but also affordable onward connections via the world-class hub of Reykjavik to North America.

‘The response from customers in the region since WOW air’s flights first went on sale has been fantastic, highlighting the growing demand for travel to the USA, Canada, and of course the breath-taking landscapes, natural wonders and unique charm of Iceland. We are delighted to be the first UK region to host WOW flights and look forward to working with the airline to grow passenger numbers on the route.’

On board the first flight were guests of Destination Bristol and Bath Tourism Plus, looking to build stronger links with the region for inbound visitors.

John Hirst, Chief Executive, Destination Bristol said: ‘The North American market is critical to the success of Bristol’s visitor economy, and both the USA and Canada are consistently within our top feeder markets generating an estimated 42,000 plus visits a year. The WOW network opens up further connections across the continent to improve access and so allowing us to welcome new as well as returning visitors to the region.’

David James, Chief Executive for VisitBath said: ‘Bath certainly has the ‘wow’ factor. Combining history, contemporary culture and world-class tourist attractions, Bath is a fantastic all-year round city break destination, all within easy reach of Bristol Airport.

The introduction of new WOW Air flights has the potential to bring thousands of visitors to the West of England, and it is estimated could generate millions to the local visitor economy.’

Bristol announces new £99 WOW Air route to North America

Icelandic budget airline WOW Air has announced a new route from Bristol Airport – its second departure point in the UK – to Iceland and North America, offering the cheapest transatlantic flights for travellers in SW England and Wales, according to a release by the Airport.

The new flights will begin from May 13, 2016, with tickets now available for booking from £39 to Reykjavik and £99 to the USA and Canada. Flights will depart Bristol Airport for the airline’s hub in Reykjavik on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Passengers travelling through will then have a short stopover before continuing on to one of the airline’s North American destinations – Boston, Washington D.C., Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

A320 aircraft will operate the Bristol to Reykjavik flight with single-class A321 and A330-300 aircraft operating the routes between Iceland and North America.

Skuli Mogensen, Founder and CEO of WOW Air, said: ‘As one of our strongest markets we are delighted to continue to grow WOW air’s presence in the UK. Bringing our ultra-low-cost transatlantic model to Bristol will make flying to the US and Canada much easier for those in the South West and Wales. We hope our low fares will give holidaymakers in these areas the chance to travel further afield than previously planned, whilst enjoying great service, delivered with a smile.’

Robert Sinclair, chief executive office at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled that WOW air has chosen Bristol as its first UK regional airport, providing low cost flights to the USA and Canada via the world-class Reykjavik hub.

‘Currently, over a million people a year travel between the South West and Wales and North America, including an estimated 250,000 inbound visitors. Until now, the majority have flown to and from London airports to do so, clocking up additional time and costs in the process. This new link will enhance both the convenience and affordability of flights to several American destinations, including Los Angeles and Washington D.C., giving people more reason than ever to choose to fly local.’

Bristol is the WOW Air’s 25th destination following the announcement of Canadian and Californian routes in October and November respectively. Launched in November 2011, WOW Air’s annual passenger capacity will more than double in 2016 to over 1.8 million, up from approximately 840,000 in 2015.