St. Louis, Cleveland to see transatlantic services from 2Q18

The Midwestern US cities of St. Louis and Cleveland will see their maiden transatlantic services in 2018 with the launch of regular flights to Reykjavik Keflavik, Iceland.

In a statement, WOW air (WW, Reykjavik Keflavik) said it would offer 4x weekly return flights to Cleveland Hopkins over the periods May 3 – June 26 and August 25 to October 30, 2018. Similarly, 4x weekly return flights to St. Louis Lambert Int’l will run from May 17 – June 26 and August 25 to October 30, 2018. In addition, Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) will likewise launch its own four times weekly Cleveland-Keflavik service also in May 2018 in competition with WOW air.

According to the ch-aviation schedules database, Cleveland currently sees international connectivity to Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico while St. Louis is connected to Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Mexico, Canada, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico.

“WOW air’s expansion across the Midwest will provide millions of Americans with affordable access to major European cities including: Berlin, Frankfurt Int’l, Amsterdam, Dublin Int’l, Paris, and London,” Skúli Mogensen, CEO and Founder of WOW air, said.

The Icelandic budget carrier is one of several Scandinavian operators vying for a piece of the transatlantic market given the improved range and operational performance of the A320neo and B737 MAX families of aircraft. Aside from the well-established Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) and its use of the B737 MAX 8 on flights connecting secondary European and US city pairs, Primera Air Scandinavia (PF, Billund) has also announced its own plans to start transatlantic services in mid 2018, using A321neo technology.

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