Wow Air to Downsize by Almost 50%, Cut Multiple Destinations

By Paul Riegler on 14 December 2018
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A Wow Air jet in Keflavik

A Wow Air jet in Keflavik

Wow Air, the struggling low-cost Icelandic airline, announced plans on Thursday to downsize dramatically.

The airline will reduce its fleet from 20 to 11 aircraft including the return of its wide-body Airbus A330s and it will sell four Airbus A321s aircraft for $10 million to raise cash.

The Reykjavik-based carrier held what some termed a “fire sale” a few days earlier, with 50% discounts on almost all flights.

Wow is cancelling several seasonal routes including San Francisco and Los Angeles that were meant to resume in mid 2019. It is also cancelling the launch of its Reykjavik-Vancouver service as well as its Reykjavik-New Delhi flights.

Earlier in the week the airline announced it would cancel its service to Chicago, and, prior to that, it announced the cancellation of its Pittsburgh route. In addition, it will only operate its Reykjavik-Orlando service from December 18, 2018 through January 8, 2019 and then from April 1 through April 30. Originally, the service was slated to operate between December 2018 and April 2019 without interruption.

In May, Wow announced service to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and St. Louis. Flights to Cincinnati and Cleveland ended in October and the St. Louis service will be discontinued in early January.

The airline also ended flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport although it continues service to nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline’s website continues to list many of the destinations including JFK but searches for flights from those airports return “No flight” as a response.

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