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WOW air’s first flight to Reykjavik takes off today

Friday, 19th May, 2017 11:03am

The first Wow air flights departed this morning after 11am offering Cork a transatlantic service for the first time.

The new year-round Cork-Reykjavik service offers transatlantic connectivity to ten destinations across North America, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.

Cork-Boston flights are set to begin in July with the possibility of flights to New York in the future.

Wow air will operate four weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the summer season and three weekly flights during the winter months. Fares start at €59.99 each way to Iceland, while connecting fares to the US start from €169.99 each way from Cork to Miami.

Speaking this morning, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said: “We are delighted to welcome Wow air to Cork, it is fantastic to see yet another new route take off ahead of the busy summer season.

“Wow uses main city airports, for example, their Boston flight flies into Boston Logan and their New York flight flies into Newark Airport.

He also added: “On today’s inaugural flight, Svana Fridriksdottir, Vice President of Communications at Wow air is accompanied by a group of US and Canadian media who are coming to see our wonderful region, accompanied by Dana Welsh, Tourism Ireland Canada manager.”

Svana Fridriksdóttir said: “We are very pleased to add Cork Airport to our expanding route network. Iceland has proved hugely popular with Irish passengers and we’re delighted to be able to expand our services in Ireland by offering passenger direct flights from Cork to Reykjavik. Ireland is a very popular destination for the Icelandic and we’re confident that our new route to Cork will be very attractive for weekend getaways to see one of Ireland’s most impressive cities and beautiful coastlines.”

Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr Joe Kavanagh said: “This is a great day for not just Cork but for the entire province. More options for outbound passengers as well as a volume of opportunity for tourism with the arrival of Icelandic and American visitors.”

Cork County Mayor Cllr Seamus McGrath said: “This will take tourism and travel within Cork and its environs to a new level. It is a very exciting time for all involved.”

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