WOW air, Iceland’s low-cost transatlantic airline, has announced it’s already expanding its flight schedule between St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik ahead of its spring 2018 service launch between the two cities because of strong ticket demand.
WOW air announced in August 2017 that it would begin 4 days-per-week non-stop service to Iceland from St. Louis beginning May 17. Now the airline is adding additional frequency for the peak summer and early fall travel season with a fifth weekly flight between St. Louis and Keflavik, which is a fast-growing international hub that offers quick and easy connections to top European destinations such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, and Copenhagen.
The May 17 launch of service will begin with the four weekly departures set for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The fifth weekly flight will add departures on Sundays between June 3, 2018, and September 23, 2018. That will add 208 seats per week capacity on WOW air’s Airbus A321 aircraft. The airline will operate out of Terminal 2, from gate E-29.
“We are encouraged by the strong demand for this new non-stop international service from STL and the quick response from WOW air to expand and capture this hot market for travel,” said STL director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership worked closely with the Airport to land the new transatlantic international service. The Partnership committed to a marketing support plan for WOW air to promote the new service to an international audience. St. Louis is also ready to welcome a new wave of international travelers here.
“We are looking forward to welcoming WOW’s service to St. Louis and offering European travelers additional and affordable flight options for those attending international conferences, as well as visitors coming to experience all we have to offer, including the iconic Gateway Arch, historic Route 66, our world-famous barbeque, the National Blues Museum and our renowned live music scene,” stated Kitty Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis.
St. Louis Lambert International Airport surpassed 14.3 million total passengers for FY2017 ending in June 2017. In 2018, STL’s airlines will operate more than 250 daily departures to 72 non-stop U.S. and international destinations during the peak summer travel period.