Wow Air flying to India


Wow Air will have five direct flights a week between New Delhi and Keflavik airport in Iceland that will connect to several destinations in North America and Europe using Airbus A330neo aircraft, starting 7 December. Iceland's long-haul budget airline Wow Air on Tuesday announced its entry into the Indian market offering ultra low fares for services from New Delhi to North America and Europe.

The new routes will provide millions of Americans easy access to India. According to its website, Wow Air now serves a total of 39 destinations across North America and Europe including locations like Paris, New York, and London.

The services will start in December this year subject to getting slots at the Delhi airport. Around 20,000 Indians travel to North America every day and with this "cheapest deals", they will have more options for travel.

But, Wow also offers different fare segments - so, for instance, if you want to go on January 6 from Delhi to NY, you could also choose the Wow Plus for Rs 36,758, including a hand baggage, a checked-in baggage and choice of a ticket included in the offer. To avail of these services, considered quite common by Indian travellers, especially those flying to the U.S., the price tab for the fare could increase by another Rs 20,000 for a round trip, and over Rs 26,000 if you ask for these services during check-in - the bulk of which is because of baggage.

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It flies to 35 European and North American destinations, and it would be competing with aggressive Middle-eastern hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi which are catering to a large global traffic originating from India. The offer is limited to 4,200 seats on selected flights. Shorter flight time means less engine usage, less costs that translates into less ticket price. In recent years the cross Atlantic stop-over flights have been the major driver of growth for WOW air. The market will contribute $172 billion to the nation's economy, more than doubling from the current $72 billion, according to IATA.

With crude oil prices rising, Mogensen says that he's not that anxious unless the prices go beyond $100 a barrel. "Oil is last century's commodity".

"In the basic fare, we offer a seat and a small carry-on like a laptop bag". The plane is part of the reason the Icelandic airline can offer such low prices on these tickets. "We will extract revenues from other sources", he adds.