WOW air adds more connections to US from Ireland

Iceland airline added Los Angeles and San Francisco this year: next are New York, Pittsburgh and Miami

Wow Air will add Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the US to its roster next summer, opening it to Irish passengers who will be able to fly there via Reykjavik in Iceland.

The news comes on the back of the Icelandic carrier’s announcement that it intends to begin flying Cork-Reykjavik in 2017, allowing cheap connections with a range of US cities.

Wow said on Monday that it will begin flying to Pittsburgh on June 16th, 2017. Irish passengers flying from Dublin or Cork will be able to connect with its new service to the US.

The company is bidding to tap demand for cheap transatlantic flights by offering services from Ireland to US and Canadian cities that connect via Reykjavik after a short lay-over of between 65 and 80 minutes..


The airline already operates flights from Dublin that tie in with its north American network, which includes Boston, Washington, Montréal and Toronto.

Earlier this year the Icelandic airline added Los Angeles and San Francisco to its network. It is adding New York later this month and Miami, Florida in April.

Wow plans to begin flying four times a-week from Cork to Reykjavik in May, offering the same set of connections.

Its move came as Cork was still waiting for news on whether the US authorities will allow Norwegian Air International to being flying from there to New York and Boston.

Political and trade union objections have so far stalled its application for a foreign carriers’ permit which would enable it to fly to the US.

Skúli Mogensen, Wow’s found and chief executive said that the airline was “thrilled” to add Pittsburgh to its network.

“The past year has truly solidified our presence in the US,” he said. “ In the last six months alone we have added San Francisco and Los Angeles to our route network and we look forward to continuing this rate of expansion into 2017.”

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