WOW! Pittsburgh Receives New Service to Iceland

Photo: Ian McMurtry

Despite being very young, WOW Air continues to find success and it has started to turn its attention to smaller markets, the newest of which is Pittsburgh. The “Steel City” will receive four times weekly service starting on June 16, 2017 to Reykjavik-Keflavik. Flights will run on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will be operated by an Airbus A321 aircraft. The aircraft will operate in an all economy configuration with 200 seats in a 3-3 formation.

WOW Air connections at Keflavik allow travelers to and from Pittsburgh to connect to over 20 European destinations. WOW Air’s CEO Skúli Mogensen hopes that the new service will help both western Pennsylvanians get to Europe and Europeans to get a taste of the “City of Bridges.” Furthermore, this will test to see if WOW Air’s smaller aircraft and low prices can work in a mid-size US market, not just the larger markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Pittsburgh hasn’t seen year round European destination since US Airways disassembled their hub in the early 2000s. Delta is the only other international operator at PIT, with flights from Pittsburgh to Paris Charles de Gaulle on a Boeing 757-200. WOW Air also becomes the first European airline to service the western Pennsylvania market since British Airways pulled their London-Heathrow service in October 1999.

Additionally, WOW Air also becomes the first European airline to service the western Pennsylvania market since British Airways pulled their London-Heathrow service in October 1999. Outside of Europe, Pittsburgh’s only commercial international destinations consist of year-round service to Toronto (Billy Bishop on Porter and Pearson on Air Canada) and Cancun seasonally on American and Delta. The Allegheny County Airport Authority hopes WOW Air flights are a start of things to come with Pittsburgh’s international destinations after being named dropped as a potential destination by both British Airways and Qatar Airways.

Pricing on WOW Air flights starts at $99 one way but will inflate to $200 and $300 once the original deal expires. WOW Air flights will depart Keflavik at 3:00PM GMT and arrive in Pittsburgh at 5:30PM EST. The return leg leaves concourse C at 6:45PM EST and arrives the following day into Keflavik at 4:50AM GMT.

Ian McMurtry

Although Ian McMurtry was never originally an avgeek, he did enjoy watching US Airways aircraft across western Pennsylvania in the early 2000s. He lived along the Pennsylvania Railroad and took a liking to trains but a change of scenery in the mid-2000s saw him shift more of an interest into aviation. He would eventually express this passion by taking flying lessons in mid-Missouri and joining AirlineGeeks in 2013. Now living in Wichita, Kansas, Ian is in college majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in business administration at Wichita State University.
Ian McMurtry