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Nordic routes open up to Vancouver

WOW now connects cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm to Canada’s west coast, via Iceland, but there’s plenty of competition.

While WOW air is currently in the process of closing three routes in the US Midwest, capacity is opening up for a new route to western Canada.

From June 6 to October 25 next year, the Icelandic low-cost carrier will fly six times a week between Keflavik and Vancouver on the Canadian west coast, with an Airbus A321-200 equipped with seating for up to 208 passengers.

The move reflects the high demand for travel to Canada from Europe as travellers turn away from Trump’s America. The destination was voted Best Overseas Tourist Country at the recent Danish Travel Awards 2018 arranged by Standby.dk and Travelmedia Nordic.

“Our flights to Montreal and Toronto have become very popular,” confirms Skúli Mogensen, founder, CEO and sole owner of WOW air.

“In recent years, we have focused on destinations in the United States when we expanded our North American network, so we are really happy to be able to put a new Canadian city on the route map.”

From the Nordic countries, WOW flies from both Copenhagen and Stockholm Arlanda, with a stopover at Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, to a number of destinations in North America.

These include Orlando, which begins on December 19, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington DC, New York, Pittsburgh, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and now, from next year, Vancouver.

From December 6, the company will also start its long-awaited routes to Asia with the recently readjusted schedules to New Delhi in India as the first destination.

Direct and indirect competition
Wow air’s direct competitor Icelandair has Vancouver on its route map too. And, like WOW, Icelandair will fly six times a week during the peak season between it and Keflavik.

The two Icelandic airlines are, of course, not alone in serving Vancouver, which is the third largest urban area in Canada after Montreal and Toronto. Air France, British Airways, Condor, KLM, Lufthansa and Canada’s Air Transat, WestJet and Air Canada all fly direct between Europe and this Canadian metropolitan area.

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