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$129 flights between Vancouver and Iceland!

Post by Bill Barilko » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:02 am

too bad it's so crowded & expensive

Wow Air rolls out $129 flights between Vancouver and Iceland

Ultra-low-cost airline says flights begin in June

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Vancouverites looking for low-cost flights to Iceland will soon have a new option when discount airline Wow Air adds a route out of the West Coast.

The announcement, which stacks more competition onto a crowded market, means passengers can soon fly out of Vancouver International Airport to Reykjavik, the island nation's capital, six days a week.

The airline says one-way fares start at $129 for flights beginning in June, and are available for purchase as of today.

Wow Air will now be battling bigger rival Icelandair for B.C. passengers, and is part of a broader trend of upstart budget carriers in Canada, including WestJet's Swoop — the ultra-low-cost airline launched four months ago — and Air Canada's Rouge.

The airline, which already operates out of Toronto and Montreal, recently announced it will end service to three cities in the U.S. Midwest: Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis.

Wow Air says Reykjavik will also serve as a stopover for Canadian passengers en route to and from New Delhi, Tel Aviv and various European cities.
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Post by Cyllarus » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:34 pm

Great deal on a one-way fee. Wonder how much the taxes and assorted fees (checked luggage, carry-on, seat, water....pressurized air (?)....) add to the price?

I compared WOW to our Spring 2018 Iceland Air flight - Toronto to Amsterdam for a week, back to iceland for 3 weeks and then Toronto. I compared our Prem Economy ticekts on Iceland Air with what WOW Air describes as WOW Biz (business class super light) and fare difference was about $600/ticket more for Iceland Air. Mrs C refused to fly WOW as reviews were not great (Happily Iceland Air bumped us to business class for all 4 legs of our flight) Here is a 2017 review of BOS-KEF-AMS return on WOW Air. Note that author claims economy class tickets had to pay $150 for checked luggage.

https://travelshopgirl.com/wow-air-business-class/

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Post by steveogolf » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:57 pm

An airline that has such low fares like this won't be around for very long.
Cross-reference: Laker Airways and others that went broke.
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Post by Lost Soul » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:44 am

There are new direct flights between Anchorage and Jhina now.

Harbin is only six hours away!
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Post by Bill Barilko » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:11 am

Lost Soul wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:44 am
Harbin is only six hours away!
Ice Festival!

Sculptures!

Gangs of criminals!

Just like home, eh!?
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Post by Lost Soul » Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:50 am

There will be planeloads of Jhinese drivers infesting our roads now.

I saw some Asians parked in the middle of a highway last summer to gaze at nature.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:41 pm

Lost Soul wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:50 am
I saw some Asians parked in the middle of a highway last summer to gaze at nature
They probably stopped to look at some blue sky.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:48 pm

It doesn't have to break the bank. Two people can BYO a few liters of alcohol (amount limits depends on what you're drinking) and Duty Free on the way in is reasonable.

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Post by harry_flashman » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:54 pm

steveogolf wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:57 pm
An airline that has such low fares like this won't be around for very long.
Cross-reference: Laker Airways and others that went broke.
You can from oslo to Bangkok on Norwegian for as little as £150 and they are going strong and expanding. The biggest problem will be filling the plane up in the way back. Who wants to go to Vancouver?
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Post by Bill Barilko » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:26 am

harry_flashman wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:54 pm
The biggest problem will be filling the plane up in the way back. Who wants to go to Vancouver?
We got 10 million last year-this in a city of barely 700,000.

So Yes Harry you're right-'no one goes there anymore it's too crowded'.
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Post by Cyllarus » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:36 am

Bill B said:
this in a city of barely 700,000.
What is that 30 city blocks in downtown Vancouver? Keep in mind that Greater Vancouver pop is 2.4 million. No Canadian I know thinks of Vancouver, having 3rd largest metropolitan area in Canada, as having less than 700,000 people.

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Re: $129 flights between Vancouver and Iceland!

Post by Bill Barilko » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:35 am

So Icelandair is buying the company not sure if this is Good News or Bad

Icelandair to take over WOW air

The Icelandair group board has made a purchase agreement for all shares in the WOW air airline totalling around $18 million or ISK 2.18 billion. The decision of finalising this purchase is pending the approval of the Icelandic Competition Authority, a due diligence inspection and an Icelandair stockholders meeting reports MBL.

Bogi Nils Bogason, Interim President & CEO of Icelandair states “WOW air has in recent years built a strong brand and enjoyed great success in the company’s markets to and from Iceland and across the Atlantic. There are many opportunities for synergies with the two companies, but they will continue to operate under their own brands and operating approvals. The tourism industry is one of the cornerstones of the Icelandic economy and it is important that flights to and from Iceland will remain frequent.”

The market share of the combined companies in the Atlantic aviation market will be around 3.8%, Icelandair’s unit cost would be expected to significantly reduce allowing the group to provide stronger competition against other airlines in the international aviation market.

Founder & CEO of WOW air Skúli Mogensen acknowledges the success WOW air has had over the years adding “a new chapter now starts where WOW air gets an opportunity to grow and prosper with a strong backer like Icelandair Group that will strengthen the foundations of the company and strengthen its international competitiveness even further.”
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Post by GLimpet » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:53 am

Cyllarus wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:36 am
Bill B said:
this in a city of barely 700,000.
What is that 30 city blocks in downtown Vancouver? Keep in mind that Greater Vancouver pop is 2.4 million. No Canadian I know thinks of Vancouver, having 3rd largest metropolitan area in Canada, as having less than 700,000 people.
No sane person anywhere in the world thinks Vancouver is only 700,000 people.

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