WOW Air launches Reykjavik-Delhi route

Nordic budget carrier WOW Air kicks off its first connection to Asia with a direct service between Iceland and India

While operating a number of transatlantic flights, Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air has decided to add connections to Asia.

From 6 December, the airline will launch a ten and a half hour onward flight to India’s capital, New Delhi from its main hub in Reykjavik

Initially, the flights on Airbus A330neo will be operated three times a week. From January 2019, the aircraft will take off five times per week.

“We are delighted to announce our network expansion to India,” said WOW Air chief executive Skúli Mogensen.

“This exciting new route is an important milestone in the growth of WOW Air and signifies our continuing mission to open the skies and enable even greater travel possibilities, always at the best rates possible.”

The carrier also plans to add connecting flights from London meaning that with only a short stopover in Reykjavik, passengers will be able to get an affordable ticket to India from Gatwick

While it will require passengers travel west, the airline aims to offer competitively low prices for the route as a significant advantage. The Gatwick-Reykjavik connection operates twice daily.

Passengers flying from Gatwick can reach Delhi with a short layover in Reykjavik — gabriele gelsi / Shutterstock
Passengers flying from Gatwick can reach Delhi with a short layover in Reykjavik – gabriele gelsi / Shutterstock

The route also adds a cheap connection from North America to India.

In comparison to the plethora of low-cost transatlantic flights, budget-friendly long-haul operations between Europe and Asia are still outnumbered.

WOW Air’s Scandinavian competitor, Norwegian, has been operating routes to Bangkok since 2013. Last year, the carrier added a connection from Gatwick to Singapore.

Scoot has linked Singapore with Berlin Tegel and Athens, while Primera Air is about to develop its leisure long-haul business with routes to India and Africa.

Air Asia used to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Paris and London until 2012. However, the airline has suggested they would expand its operation beyond Asia next year.