Even before the first flights have started, the Icelandic budget carrier has removed 40% of capacity from January.
Apparently, sales are not looking too hot for WOW air’s upcoming route between its Keflavik base and New Delhi, where 40% of the planned capacity is to be reduced from January 7, Check-in.dk writes.
It came as a surprise in May, at a well-attended press conference in India’s capital, when the Icelandic “ultra-low-cost” carrier announced a new route between Iceland’s Keflavik and Delhi’s Indira Ghandi International Airport.
The plan was to start with three weekly departures from December 6, and then from January 7 this would increase to five flights a week.
But now WOW air has in its booking system closed these additional departures for sale from Keflavik to Delhi, which were to depart on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Sources in the industry say that sales have not developed as expected and that WOW has therefore had to remove 40% of capacity from early January. It is also apparent from the website that “no flight or sold out” stands for the flights in question.
The current price level for flights in January, February and March next year is at $229.99 for a one-way ticket on most of the departures, which may indicate that there are plenty of available seats, Check-in suggests.
There are virtually no Icelandic tourists visiting India, or Indian tourists in Iceland, which is the starting point for the route. Instead, WOW air expects the route to be an alternative for travel between the United States and India.
From India, it is possible to order tickets for 11 North American destinations via Keflavik.
WOW will use a brand new Airbus A330-900neo for the India routes, equipped with seats for a total of 365 passengers. At the front of the cabin there will be six rows of seven so-called Big Seats. A little further behind comes 32 XXL seats, with eight seats across, which have extra legroom. The rest of the cabin consists of 291 economy-class seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.